Reported ex-Arsenal and Newcastle target Clement Grenier could be out for the season

Clement Grenier

Clement Grenier could reportedly have moved to England 12 months ago, now the Lyon midfielder might not play a single minute in Ligue 1 this season.

It was only 12 months ago that Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier was linked with moves to both Arsenal (see here) and Newcastle United (see here) during the January transfer window in 2014.

The fate of the young midfielder has changed somewhat since and it could get worse before it improves.

Originally named in Didier Deschamps 23-man squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a groin injury meant Grenier wasn’t able to get on the plane with his team-mates and Newcastle United’s Remy Cabella went in his place.

After making a brief return this season in the Europa League, the former Arsenal target was forced off again after a knock aggravated the original injury.

Surgery in September was supposed to give the 24-year-old a chance to return in November and there were pictures of the midfielder returning to ball training - but he still wasn’t able to return to the first team.

Now, news from France suggests that Grenier could say goodbye to the rest of the season in order to get back to 100 per cent fitness. Lyon will still try to get him back for this campaign but it may take more surgery.

It would be a blow to Hubert Fournier’s team and chances of winning the Ligue 1 title if Grenier didn’t play a single minute of league action this season. Twenty-one-year-old Nabil Fekir has exploded on to the scene but, with Grenier included in the first team, they could accomplish anything this season.

Last campaign, Grenier was phenomenal. He scored four goals, contributed five assists and won his place in Deschamps' national team. He had shown versatility, being able to play at the top of a diamond midfield but also to the left, coming in on to his right foot.

Football is always a game of chance and opportunity. Lyon wanted to keep Grenier, hoping they could cash in for the maximum possible transfer deal. With his contract up in the summer of 2016, if he can’t get back playing sooner rather than later, they may have missed their chance to move him on for a huge fee.

The likes of Arsenal and Newcastle will surely be interested again once he starts playing but the French outfit might not be able to recoup the same type of fee they could have 12 months ago.

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