Despite the 5-0 win, Stade Rennais ended the match against AJ Auxerre with bad news to negotiate. Baptiste Santamaria, Bruno Génésio’s top player since the start of this season, is injured and is now sidelined for a “long time” according to club information. To replace it, two solutions seem to emerge.
This is the bad news that Rennais learned this Sunday after the great victory against Auxerre. Without their midfield, a real pillar at the center of the game Rouge et Noir, Bruno Génésio’s plans are upset. While the first compelling win was in SRFC’s pocket, this euphoria was short lived and already, management has to think about the best solution. Between the relationships with the current workforce and the use of an all-round doctor, the choice must be made.
One name in mind
Evolving like a real number 6 in the Rennais game, Baptiste Santamaria until then had had the role of having the game ahead of him, thus allowing him discreet raises, and the creation of a necessary link between the defense and the creative environment often composed of Majer and Tait. Precious, the old Angers or Tours will be replaced. The first solution is a pure product made in Rennes. In fact Ugochukwu is available and knows the team. “Lesley is the designated replacement. Last year he proved he can play at this level. He played an excellent match against Paris. He needs to find the direction, the pace of him, I have full confidence in him, that’s why I brought him inside, we’ll see how long Baptiste will not be available and in the end we will adapt, if we have to adapt. ” said Bruno Génésio in the post-match conference.
However, the medical joker has already been mentioned in case of prolonged unavailability. While this appears to be the case, Xeka’s name would circulate to fill the ranks of Rennes. Without a club since he left LOSC this summer, the Portuguese really seems to fill a lot of boxes in terms of profile. If the decision were to be made quickly, negotiations could begin with the player’s entourage. Young Ugochukwu will surely live one or even more assignments until then, starting with a decisive match against Fenerbahce on Thursday in the Europa League.