Geoffrey Kondogbia has featured sparingly for Olympique de Marseille this season since his summer arrival from Atletico Madrid, but he looks set to start against AEK Athens on Thursday night.
Injury and suspension have limited Kondogbia to just five Ligue 1 appearances so far this season, however, his return will be welcomed by Gennaro Gattuso, who is likely to deploy a midfield three. Jordan Veretout and Valentin Rongier are set to start alongside the former Atletico Madrid midfielder.
Pau Lopez is the major absentee. He reportedly suffered an injury prior to last weekend’s defeat against OGC Nice, and he didn’t manage the full 90 against Francesco Farioli’s side. Joaquín Correa and Samuel Gigot are not yet fit to return to the matchday squad either.
Marseille likely lineup v AEK Athens
Ruben Blanco; Ronan Lodi, Leonardo Balerdi, Chancel Mbemba, Jonathan Clauss; Jordan Veretout, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Valentin Rongier; Iliman Ndiaye, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Amine Harit. (L’Éq)