Fred AWOL from Lyon

Fred stays away from Lyon
By Eurosport

24/07/2007 at 18:42Updated

Brazil striker Fred has failed to return for pre-season training with Lyon, deciding to recuperate in his home country from the broken foot that kept him out of the Copa America.

Fred picked up the injury in training following the opening 2-0 defeat to Mexico. He did not feature in that match.

Having returned to Brazil to recover from the breakage to a fifth metatarsal, he has opted to stay in South America instead of continuing his rehabilitation with the French champions.

Former France international Bernard Lacombe, who is a close advisor of Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, has reportedly spoken with the player by telephone, but nobody at the club knows when to expect him back at L'OL.

Brazil playmaker and Lyon captain Juninho Pernambucano meanwhile is back in training after missing the Peace Cup victory in South Korea.

Lyon won the final 1-0 against Bolton Wanderers thanks to a goal from Kim Kallstrom.