Mathis out for Auxerre

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Auxerre midfielder Lionel Mathis will miss the rest of the Uefa Cup group phase after damaging knee ligaments.

Mathis was injured during Auxerre's defeat to Lyon at the weekend and he will be unavailable until the New Year.

The 23-year-old sprained his ligaments in his knee and is expected to be in plaster for the next fortnight.

His club are not anticipating Mathis to return before the turn of the year and that will rule him out of the final two group games in the Uefa Cup.

Auxerre play Amica Wronki this week, for which Bonaventure Kalou could return, before closing the group against Rangers in mid-December.