Three weeks after being snatched qualification for the 8th round of the Coupe de France at Saint-Etienne (0-0, 3-4 tab), Rodez (Ligue 2) finds itself again in the Loire this Saturday (6pm). But this time in Feurs, it faces a far less prestigious opponent, FC Roche-Saint-Genest (R2).
So in kick-off for Raf, a drop in five divisions, which, in the meantime, has lost its coach, Laurent Perelade, and which will thus be led by the former assistant who has become interim, Emeric Derbelet. The club and its president Pierre-Olivier Murat have not yet made public the reasons for the divorce, nor have they mentioned the club’s future in terms of coaching. However, during this meeting, which will mark the end of the first half of the season with a break that will then open until 26 December, several Ruthenian players have already forfeited.
For Abdennour, Budès and Yunussa, this was already known. Not the case for striker Clement Despres, who suffered a hematoma on his ankle following the injury he picked up last Saturday at Saint-Etienne (0-2 win). Lionel Mpassi, the goalkeeper in the league but taking a place in the cup, is also unavailable while he spent the week under medical protocol, specifically a contusion at knee level, sufficient to quell an inflammatory discomfort. Finally, guard Joris Chowgrani, still handicapped by tendon problems, was uncertain on Thursday.