Jerome Boateng and Houssem Aouar could return to the fold at Olympique Lyonnais following the appointment of Laurent Blanc, according to L’Equipe.
The duo fell out of favour with former Lyon boss Peter Bosz who was in constant conflict with the squad before his departure.
Lyon’s performances dipped after they went unbeaten in the first five games, and it signalled the beginning of the end of Bosz’s tenure.
There were rumours that the players were fed up with the Dutchman’s tactical approach and player selections, but the club denied the speculation and pledged their support to the manager.
However, following their 1-1 draw with newly promoted Toulouse, Bosz was sacked after failing to win any of his last five matches in charge (D1, L4).
The club appointed Laurent Blanc looking to salvage their season. Lyon are seven points off the top four and 12 off Blanc’s former club Paris Saint-Germain.
The 54-year-old three-time French League champion will hand every player at the club a fresh start and a chance to earn their spot, which bodes well for Boateng and Aouar.
Boateng made 27 appearances across all competitions for Les Gones last season after joining from Bayern Munich. But he has yet to feature this season and has been on the bench just three times in ten games.
Aouar, who was heavily linked with a move away from the club last summer, has not played since coming off the bench against AC Ajaccio on the opening weekend.
Blanc’s arrival could signal increased playing time for both players.
Boateng’s return to the first-team squad could be aided by moving Thiago Mendes, who has been playing at centre-back, back to his favoured midfield position.
Aouar struggled with an ankle injury at the beginning of the season. He has had to settle for a place on the bench in three of Lyon’s last four games since returning. He was not in the squad for the 1-0 defeat to PSG.
Blanc has had time to acquaint himself with his new squad but will get the chance to properly assess their strengths and weaknesses when they travel to Stade Rennais this weekend.
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