Ruffier blow for Monaco

Keeper struggling with groin injury

Ruffier: May be forced to sit out the remainder of the season

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Monaco fear first-choice goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier could miss the remainder of the season.

The 24-year-old suffered a groin injury during a 1-1 draw at St Etienne on 1st May and has been unable to shake off the knock.

He has been advised that the problem will require a period of rest in order for a full recovery to be made.

It has been suggested that he may require as much as three weeks on the sidelines before he is ready to return.

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Should he be out for that long, he will miss Monaco's remaining fixtures of the season.

His absence would represent a major blow to the club's plans, as they battle to preserve their Ligue 1 status.

Monaco sit one point above the drop zone with four games of the season remaining.

There is a possibility that Ruffier may have played his last game for the club, with reports continuing to suggest that a number of clubs are monitoring his situation ahead of the summer transfer window.