Africa Nkoulou fit to play against Lille

Centre-back Nicolas Nkoulou will return to the Olympique de Marseille squad to take on Lille in Ligue 1 on Sunday after recovering from a groin problem.

Cameroon’s Nkoulou had been spared for his team’s Europa League home game against Fenerbahce, which Marseille lost 1-0 on Wednesday and were eliminated from the competition.

“He will play (against Lille),” coach Elie Baup was quoted as saying on the club’s website ( on Friday.

Baup, however, is still monitoring Mathie Valbuena’s fitness while the France forward battles with a lower back problem.

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