BY FORTUNE MBELE
WARRIORS striker Tino Kadewere is set to miss Lyonnais Olympique’s first Ligue 1 match of the new season against Stade Brestois tomorrow after missing the larger part of pre-season preparations as he worked his way towards fitness following a three month lay off.
Kadewere missed some of his team’s matches towards the end of the season.
His return to fitness also boosts the Warriors ahead of their Fifa World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Ethiopia next month.
He is now back in training but not ready to plunge into action for his club.
Lyon’s new Dutch coach Peter Bosz, although confirming Kadewere is back, mentions the Warriors forward amongst players that will miss the game tomorrow.
“We have absentees like Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Jason Denayer, who have not been training. Lucas Paqueta only returned recently. Maxwel Cornet did not train with the group. Tino Kadewere has been back with the group for a few days,” Bosz said at a press conference.
He has had some minutes in pre-season friendlies and should soon be ready to fight for his place in the team.
The Dutchman said he is happy with the progress of the team since he took over early in the year.
“I have only been here for four weeks so I can not comment too much on the league. I saw the recruitment of teams like PSG, Nice, Monaco, Rennes and Marseille . . . we will see later how they play,” Bosz said.
He added: “We are playing Brest and we have done a good job of analysing them. We still have time to strengthen if necessary. I am happy with the progress of the group but it is clear we are not ready yet. Some players arrived later than others. We have work to do.”
Lyon narrowly missed out on the league title last season.