Clement Grenier Explains Missing Training Sessions
Clement Grenier recently missed a number of training sessions with his Lyon teammates recently.
This led to predictable speculation that he was in talks with a new club(s) including Newcastle United and even produced one lame story which claimed he was a plane to Tyneside, which a number of lazy journalists fell for.
However, Clement Grenier has used his own website to give an explanation of why he has not been seen in training;
“I have read a lot of things about myself recently and just to be clear, Lyon’s technical and medical staff have set me a specific programme so I can be back at 100%.
“This has included a period spent training indoors and that is why I have not been present at some of the training sessions.
“I have no problem with the club and have never missed a training session intentionally.
“There’s no controversy and my intention is to be back on the pitch and competing as soon as is possible.”
Previous reports have claimed that Grenier would only leave for a club in the Champions League and I’d be inclined to believe that.
The 23 year old French international is an up and coming player who would have been in Brazil if it hadn’t been for a late injury setback.
The profile of Lyon as a club has seen them in Champions League action in three of Grenier’s five seasons in the senior squad, while in the other two it has been Europa League, with the same again this coming season.
Moving to Newcastle United in its present state would be seen as a definite comedown by the majority of French fans.
France host the next European Championships in 2016 (Lyon one of those staging matches) and Grenier will be desperate to be part of that, seeing what has happened to players such as Mapou, Ben Arfa and Marveaux will hardly have encouraged him.
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