A lesser evil. OL, who make their debut Thursday (9 p.m.) in Glasgow against Rangers, will be able to align their Brazilian midfielders Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta, contrary to what the Lyon club could fear for a few days. Indeed, the participation of two of OL’s strongmen, who returned on September 10 from their international break in Brazil, a country classified “Red Covid-19”, had been made uncertain due to Scottish legislation. This would have imposed on the two main recruits of Juninho a quarantine of ten days, but OL obtained a waiver.
On the other hand, the Lyonnais will have to do without their rookie Xherdan Shaqiri, we learned from the club on Tuesday. The Swiss international, who made his debut on Sunday against Strasbourg (3-1), has an incomplete vaccination course, with a single dose received just after his signing at OL on August 23.
In such a configuration, the French Sports Ministry would have imposed a seven-day quarantine on him, without the possibility of training or playing in the Ligue 1 clash against PSG on Sunday, as well as the match against Troyes on September 22. OL therefore preferred to do without Xherdan Shaqiri for the match in Glasgow, while the Lyon group flew to Scotland on Wednesday morning.