After a gutless defeat to Bastia in the Coupe de France this weekend, Lille get their Ligue 1 campaign back underway on Wednesday against Evian, but it looks like they will have to do it without Liverpool loanee Divock Origi.
The Belgian striker is set to miss the game at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, but it is not because of the on/off saga regarding his early move back to Merseyside.
Origi reported that he had felt a knock in his groin during the game against Bastia and came off the pitch in pain.
During his pre-match press conference, Coach René Girard confirmed that Origi underwent a MRI scan on Monday morning to assess the damage and the forward is definitely a huge doubt for Wednesday night.
Lille are at home again on Saturday against Caen and Girard will be hoping that, if Origi is still part of his squad, the striker will be able to line up in attack. The Belgian scored the only goal of the game when the two sides met in the second week of the season, converting from the penalty spot after Lille were awarded a soft decision.
Rumours continue to emerge regarding the future of the 19-year-old forward. Reports suggest Liverpool are trying to negotiate a deal to end Origi’s loan spell this month, but there is a chance he will continue on in France, joining the English side in the summer.
Origi has only scored three league goals this season and his recent performances have brought mixed views from the home support. A small number of fans booed the forward after he missed a penalty against Wolfsburg in the Europa League.
To continue his development, Origi could benefit from the playing time he receives in Lille, rather than four months on the bench or the pressure of saving Liverpool’s season on his shoulders.
If the player were to move this month, it would need to happen sooner rather than later for Lille because they would have to bring in a replacement quickly and couldn’t risk waiting until the last minute.