Houllier gets Abidal boost

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Lyon defender Eric Abidal will return to full fitness in time for the French side's UEFA Champions League tie with PSV Eindhoven.

Gerard Houllier has been struggling to field a fit backline in the last few weeks but with the return of Abidal, things are finally looking up.

The left back will return to action when Lyon host Nantes in Le Championnat and the player is excited to be returning after three months out.

"After a long lay-off I have had enough and I am available," he insisted.

"I am keen to play against Eindhoven if the coach asks me to."

Abidal has hopes of a French World Cup spot but knows that the injury has set him back in the race for one of the left back spots.

"I am behind where I should be for the World Cup and it will be difficult to get back in the squad but I am a competitor."