Andre Ayew to return for desperate Marseille

The Ghana forward will likely make his return from suspension as OM travel to FC Nantes on Friday evening

Andre Ayew will likely return to Ligue 1 action on Friday evening knowing that his beloved Olympique de Marseille cannot afford to drop any more points.

OM travel to midtable Nantes looking to put a spell of bad results behind them and to reassert themselves near the top of the French table, with Ayew named in Marcelo Bielsa’s 18-man matchday squad.

Several weeks ago, Marseille were right in amongst the leaders in France and were looking like genuine contenders for the domestic crown.

However, in recent weeks their form has slipped dramatically and the Southern giants head into this weekend’s games a whopping seven points off the pace at the top of Ligue 1.

The Phoceens were humbled at home by Stade Malherbe Caen at the end of February, before claiming only one point from two bouts against their title rivals Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique Lyonnais.

Admittedly, they were unfortunate to have managed only a draw with OL when the referee missed a Lucas Ocampos effort that looked to have crossed the line. However, against PSG they had only themselves to blame as a three-minute lapse saw them cede a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2.

Ayew started that match, but was shown a red card after the final whistle for arguing with the match officials.

The Ghanaian was somewhat fortunate that his referee altercation was only punished with a one-game ban, although his absence was felt by the Olympians as they were defeated 1-0 by Girondins de Bordeaux on Friday.

The back-to-back defeats not only leave OM seven points off leaders Lyon and five behind PSG, they have also slipped out of the Champions League places, with AS Monaco replacing them after a fine run of form.

Ayew will return for Marseille for their Friday evening clash with FC Nantes, if the Ghanaian is to retain any hope for the title, or even if he wants to leave OM having secured Champions League qualification, a victory is imperative.

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