Houssem Aouar punished by Lyon after refusing to train
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Houssem Aouar punished by Lyon after refusing to train

Houssem Aouar is set to miss this weekend’s match after refusing to participate in the post-match warm down against Angers.

Despite not featuring in Lyon's last match, the midfielder was expected to complete a 30 minute warm down in order to keep his fitness up. He however refused, citing the state of the pitch as his reason not to.

In response, the Lyon hierarchy have decided to exclude Aouar from the squad to face Reims on Sunday, according to l’Equipe.

His absence could be a huge blow to Les Gones, who cannot afford to drop points on Sunday if they wish to push for the title. They currently sit in third place, four points behind Paris Saint Germain at the top. Meanwhile, this weekend’s opponents are just one point above the relegation zone.

Arsenal were heavily interested in securing Aouar’s services last summer, submitting a reported €35m bid back in September, which was rejected. This season’s tame opening to the new season will have done nothing but encourage the Gunners to keep trying for the midfielder.

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