Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont to return against Rennes

Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont (24) is set to make his return in Pierre Aristouy’s starting XI against Stade Rennais this Sunday, according to a report this Saturday from L’Equipe.

The France international goalkeeper sustained a serious lung and rib injury during Nantes’ Ligue 1 opening-day home loss against Toulouse. Lafont collided with his post in trying to prevent Zakaria Aboukhlal’s equalizing goal. In Lafont’s absence, back-up goalkeeper Rémy Descamps mostly held his own between the Nantes sticks. Aristouy are unbeaten in their last four Ligue 1 games. “It’s precisely because I have two good goalkeepers that the choice is not easy“, said the Nantes head coach in his pre-game press conference transcribed by the outlet.

L’Equipe adds that Lafont expected to leave Les Canaris this summer, a year before the expiry of his contract. The Loire-Atlantique side had however no intention to part ways with Lafont on a free like they did with Randal Kolo Muani one year ago. The outlet understands that, before agreeing a new deal tying Lafont to FC Nantes until 2027, the club had submitted a €8m bid to New England Revolution goalie Dorde Petrovic – the Serbian eventually joined Chelsea FC.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval


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