Marseille confirm Thauvin blow

Marseille's Florian Thauvin admits it has been good to shake off the bad-boy persona that plagued his early career.

Marseille have confirmed midfielder Florian Thauvin will be absent until after the winter break following ankle surgery.

Thauvin first sustained the injury in the latter half of last season and has returned since.

However, L’OM feel further surgery is required in order to help Thauvin return to full fitness and as such the former Newcastle winger faces a stint on the sidelines.

A statement from the Ligue 1 club read: “Florian Thauvin suffered an accidental ankle injury in a match about 4.5 months ago. This type of lesion, small in size, very localized, usually allows him to resume after appropriate care and rest. His current progress has allowed him to return to the group but the player still feels a discomfort. In order to be able to return to 100% of its capacity, Florian and Olympique de Marseille have decided to carry out a small operation (arthroscopy) in the coming days. His period of unavailability should last until the winter break.”

The Ligue 1 break begins after the round of fixtures on December 21 and resumes again on January 11.

As such, Thauvin should be able to make his return for Marseille when they head to Rennes for their first league outing of 2020.

The 26-year-old, who managed 16 goals in 33 Ligue 1 games last term, missed the first three fixtures of the previous campaign but did feature as a late substitute in the 1-0 win over Saint-Etienne prior to the international break.