Likely Rennes XI v Shakhtar Donetsk

Rennes host Shakhtar Donetsk for the second leg of their Europa League playoff round tonight. Last week, the Bruno Génésio-led side fell 2-1 at Warsaw, with Lyon loanee Karl Toko Ekambi halving the deficit for Rennes. An exit at this stage of the competition, at the hands of a team that could not play a single competitive game in months due to the invasion of Ukraine, would be a disappointing underachievement. Rennes v Shakhtar Donetsk will kick-off at Roazhon Park at 9pm local time.

Génésio will be without three key players tonight. Malian right-back and skipper Hamari Traoré (31) is on a path to recovery after sustaining a thigh tear, the free-scoring Martin Terrier (25) is out for the season with an ACL injury, and playmaker Benjamin Bourigeaud (29) is suspended after picking up a yellow card in the first leg. The former Lyon manager is set to field Tottenham loanee Djed Spence (22) at right-back. However, Spurs loanee Joe Rodon (25) is not expected to feature against Donetsk tonight as Genesio relies on Jeanuël Belocian (18) and Warmed Omari (22) at the heart of the defense.

Rennes likely lineup v Shakhtar Donetsk

Steve Mandanda – Djed Spence, Warmed Omari, Jeanuël Belocian, Birger Meling – Baptiste Santamaria – Jérémy Doku, Désiré Doué, Lovro Majer, Karl Toko Ekambi – Arnaud Kalimuendo

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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