Marseille down to bare bones

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Marseille have just ten professionals and two keepers available for this weekend's clash with Paris Saint Germain, after injuries and the African Cup of Nations have left their squad bereft of numbers.

Marseille coach Jose Anigo has even been forced to delay the transfer of Dmitry Sychev, as the Russian has now been penciled in for a striking role alongside Didier Drogba.

The Coupe de France clash with PSG will see Marseille's bench made up of youth team players, but Anigo is reluctant to complain about his current predicament.

''Since I started my job as the head of the first team I have had big troubles with injuries, especially with Hemdani and Vachousek,'' Anigo said.

''We are missing some players but we won't complain.''

This week has seen much frenzied transfer activity at Marseille, which has seen the arrival of Bastia defender Demetrius Ferreira on a sixth-month loan deal.

The robust full back, who has been a long-term target of Anigo, will be unavailable for the PSG clash as he is currently serving a suspension.

According to reports from France, Alaves forward Ruben Navarro could soon be joining Ferreira at the Stade Velodrome.

The French club would like to land the Spanish forward on an initial loan period, but Alaves favour a ‚é¼2.5 million permanent deal.

The third player linked to Anigo's under-performers is Sochaux star Benoit Pedretti.

The 23-year-old is reportedly keen on the move, but Sochaux coach Guy Lacombe is reluctant to part with his influential captain.