The upcoming UEFA Champions League match between RC Lens and Arsenal promises to be an exciting encounter, but the French side is facing some injury concerns. Lens manager, Franck Haise, confirmed in a pre-match press conference that Massaido Haïdara and David Pereira Da Costa will be absent from the clash. With Lens looking to build on their draw against Sevilla in the opening match, the absence of these players could pose a challenge for the home team.
Haïdara, a 30-year-old midfielder, will be sidelined due to a thigh injury. His absence will be felt in the midfield, as he has been a key contributor to Lens’ attacking play. On the other hand, Da Costa, a 22-year-old forward, is recovering from a shoulder injury. His absence will be a blow to Lens’ attacking options, as he has shown promise in previous matches.
Lens, known for their passionate fan base, will be hoping to make it difficult for Arsenal despite the absence of these players. Haise acknowledged that Arsenal are the favorites to top the group, but Lens will not go down without a fight. The team will rely on their collective strength and the support of their fans to create a challenging atmosphere for the visiting Gunners.
Striker Florian Sotoca expressed the team’s determination to give their best performance on what is a special night for Lens. European football is returning to the Stade Bollaert after a hiatus of 20 years, adding an extra layer of significance to the match. The players will be eager to showcase their abilities on the grand stage and make a statement against a formidable opponent.
Lens’ draw against Sevilla in their opening match demonstrated their resilience and ability to compete at this level. Despite missing key players, the team displayed a strong defensive performance and managed to secure a valuable point. This performance will undoubtedly boost their confidence going into the match against Arsenal.
The absence of Haïdara and Da Costa will require Haise to make tactical adjustments and rely on the depth of his squad. He will have to find suitable replacements who can step up and fill the void left by these injured players. This will be a test of Haise’s managerial skills and the adaptability of his team.
Lens faces a challenging task as they prepare to host Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League. The absence of Haïdara and Da Costa due to injury adds an additional hurdle for the home team. However, Lens has shown their determination and resilience in previous matches, and they will be looking to make a statement against Arsenal. The return of European football to the Stade Bollaert after two decades will undoubtedly provide an electric atmosphere and inspire the players to give their all.