Benfica’s leading striker Oscar Cardoza will miss the crucial clash with Lyon to deliver a blow to coach Jorge Jesus’ Champions League ambitions.
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It had been hoped the Paraguayan international would have recovered from the ligament damage he suffered during the Champions League defeat at Schalke 04 at the end of September, but his left knee hasn’t repaired as quickly as initially hoped.
Cardoza has scored three times in six league appearances and struck the second goal to clinch Benfica’s only group victory when they beat Hapoel Te Aviv 2-0.
In third place, six points adrift of the visitors who have a 100% record, Benfica need to win on Tuesday to have a realistic chance of progressing to the knock out stages.
Jesus is expected to start with Alan Kardec and Javier Saviola up front who have just two league goals between them in twelve collective appearances to leave worries about Benfica’s ability to break through the Lyon defence.
Roberto will take his place between the sticks to replace the suspended Nicolas Gaitan who was sent off in the 2-0 defeat in Lyon a fortnight ago.
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Counter to their Champions League record this term, Lyon are struggling with performances in the French league and under-pressure manager Jean-Michel Aulas has been hit with a number of key injuries to add to his recent woes.
Midfielder Michel Bastos is a doubt after being withdrawn during the first half against Sochaux with a thigh problem at the weekend.
In-form striker Lisandro Lopez is out for a month with a calf injury and he joins midfielder Jeremy Toulalan and left-back Aly Cissokho on the sidelines.
Possible starting lineups:
BENFICA: Roberto, Pereira, Luisao, Luiz, Paulo Cesar, Fabio, Garcia, Martins, Aimar, Kardec, Saviola.
LYON: Lloris, Reveillere, Diakhate, Cris, Lovren, Kallstrom, Gourcuff, Gonalons, Pjanic, Gomis, Briand.