Lopes set for full recovery

Olympique Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes is set for two weeks on the sidelines but there is thankfully no permanent damage after he lost his hearing when firecrackers were thrown at him on Saturday.

The unfortunate incident happened during Lyon's Ligue 1 match against Metz and the match was eventually abandoned because of it.

The home fans lobbed fireworks towards the goalkeeper and one exploded very near to him causing him to need medical attention, during which time another firework went off near the player and physio.

Lopes revealed on Sunday that he had suffered acoustic trauma as a result of the incident, but that his loss of hearing would not be permanent.

"Anthony Lopes will also need to overcome the psychological trauma provoked by this odious aggression," said the club in the statement.

He is expected to sit out at least the next two weeks to fully recover.

It is as yet unclear what penalties Metz face, but early suggestions indicate they could be forced to forfeit the match, despite the fact they were leading 1-0 when play was called off.

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