L’Équipe and Le Parisien are reporting that Johann Lepenant’s (21) knee injury is not as bad as initially feared, however, the Olympique Lyonnais midfielder is still expected to be absent until February.
Lepenant has become a peripheral figure at Lyon this season, and he wasn’t even included in the matchday squad to face Stade Rennais prior to the international break, however, he is undroppable at France U21 level. Prior to Les Bleuets’ game against Austria U21, manager Thierry Henry expressed concern at Lepenant’s lack of game time. Regardless, the OL midfielder started, but he only lasted 13 minutes before coming off with a serious knee injury.
The worst was feared. Medical staff believed that Lepenant had suffered an ACL injury, however, initial tests on Monday allude to a sprain. However, the knee in question is still heavily swollen so a full diagnosis will be made in a fortnight’s time. However, whilst Lepenant’s injury does not seem to be as bad as first feared, L’Équipe report that he is unlikely to feature until February 2024.