After the French league's sputtering return with three top-flight matches postponed due to Covid-19, clubs approach this weekend again depleted by illness as well as absences at the Africa Cup of Nations....
Nice retook second place in Ligue 1 on Sunday with a 3-0 victory at Brest, despite playing the majority of the match with 10 men....
Bordeaux were knocked out of the French Cup on Sunday with a 3-0 defeat at Brest after being forced to play despite registering 21 positive Covid cases....
Paris Saint-Germain fans will have to wait a little longer before seeing Lionel Messi make his debut after coach Mauricio Pochettino left both the former Barcelona man and Neymar out of his squad for Friday's Ligue 1 game away at Brest....
A tight French title race culminates Sunday with table toppers Lille a win away from dethroning Neymar and Kylian Mbappe's Paris Saint-Germain as champions....