The images of Cyril Mandouki, on a wheelchair and his face closed when he left the field on Tuesday against Nîmes (2-0), did not bode well.
The verdict quickly fell and it is very heavy.
The Paris FC captain is suffering from a broken hamstring and is going to be operated on.
His unavailability is estimated at six months.
A big blow for the PFC, current 5th in Ligue 2, which has also just lost its last recruit, Alamami Gory (shoulder) for six to eight weeks.
This Thursday, Thierry Laurey was very upset against "the competitions commission which forced Paris FC to play 5 games in 13 days" with the postponement of the trip to Ajaccio on September 14. “There was no major reason to play this match on that date, the technician is annoyed. We had made a request coupled with Ajaccio supported by a letter from the UNFP (Editor's note: the players' union). But we were forced to play before a week of three games, which is a medical and human aberration ... And we lost players on the way. Cyril's injury is a big blow, but we saw it coming… As we already had absentees, I had no choice, I had to make him play against Nîmes. I had planned to release it at half-time or at the hour of play. For me,the competitions commission bears a large part of the responsibility for his injury… ”
Gaëtan Laura back
Already looking for an attacker, Paris FC will have to recruit an additional midfielder, which he had not planned at all.
Legally, during the period outside the transfer window, the clubs are entitled to a joker and an unemployed person.
"We will see if we can also claim a medical joker," continues Laurey.
Cyril is our captain, an example for the group.
We have to find a solution.
What is certain is that if we do not manage to take new players, we will no longer be able to have the same ambitions.
But we are not necessarily going to rush, especially since contrary to what people think, Paris FC does not have an extendable budget.
The termination of Gaëtan Belaud's contract on Wednesday after the departure of Marvin Gakpa, two of the team's biggest salaries, nevertheless offers more financial leeway. "Cyril's injury is a very important loss for the team," said midfielder Yohan Demoncy. To compensate for it, some like me will have more responsibilities. We'll have to do the job even more. Me, I was injured (Editor's note: shoulder operation) and it will get better by going through the matches. "
After a Thursday morning off, a larger group (20 players including young Koré and Masevo) took the road to Niort.
“We will do a muscular awakening tomorrow morning (Friday) and I will decide accordingly, announces Laurey.
This match against Niort will not be fun.
They beat Guingamp, drawn in Ajaccio, two teams against which we have just lost.
This sequence is starting to get a bit heavy and physically hard.
But mentally, the group is good, that's what is really appreciable, given the complicated period we are going through.
The only good news is the return from suspension of the top scorer, Gaëtan Laura.
NIORT - PARIS FC
, Friday (9 p.m.), René-Gaillard stadium.
Referee: M. Rainville.
Demarconnay - Bernauer, Chergui, Kanté (cap.), Hanin - Name, Demoncy, Diakité - Laura, Caddy, Lopez.
: Filipovic, Nkambadio, Koré, Camara, Campanini, Masevo, Arab, Tattevin, Alfarela.
Mandouki, Guilavogui, Gory, Hadjam (injured), Diaby Fadiga (removed from the pro group), Bamba, Ndiaye (rehabilitation).
Braat - Moutachy, Passi, Conte, Yongwa - Louiserre, (cap.) Benchama - Boutobba, Zemzeni, Vallier - Mendes.