The OL female side arrived in the Breton city at the end of the afternoon, for a training camp of four days.
It was already time for a reunion this morning at the training center of Tola Vologe. After ten days of vacation, the OL players headed to Brittany by train. From the station Lyon Part-Dieu to Saint-Malo via Rennes, it took over five hours to the delegation of Lyon to cross France from east to west. Time to talk of the holidays and especially to exchange Christmas recipes: white pudding from the Caribbean for Laura Georges, a mixture of meatballs and fish from the Swede Lotta Schelin, and the traditional salmon, shrimp, turkey and foie gras for the majority of the other players. We learned that Sabrina Viguier has cooked well and that Camille Abily ate well!
In Saint-Malo, the Lyon group was warmly greeted by musicians, and children who presented a rose to each player. "That is a good Breton welcome!" rejoiced the coach Patrice Lair, a native of Saint-Brieuc, and who started his coaching career in Saint-Malo. On the way to the hotel in Dinard, the other Bretons of the group, Camille Abily and Eugenie Le Sommer, did not feel away from home when observing a few drops of rain caress the windows of the OL bus, driven by "Gégé". After a small snack, the Lyon players left to run along the charming beach of Saint-Malo.
The squad was without Corine Franco, who is still unavailable after a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee and Ingvild Stensland who remained in Norway because of gastroenteritis. However, the goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi who suffered a fracture of the hamate in the left hand did take part in the run, while Elodia Thomis, with her injured ankle, settled merely for a brisk walk with doctor Jean- Jacques Amprino.
Two to three sessions per day are programmed up until Thursday, when Lyon will face Saint-Brieuc in a friendly before returning to Lyon prepare for the home game against Hénin-Beaumont at the Stade de Gerland, on January 9th.