Mbia out until mid-May

Marseille's Ligue 1 title aspirations were dealt a blow today with the news that Cameroon centre-back Stephane Mbia will likely be out until mid-May with a groin problem.

"The news isn't good," said Marseille coach Didier Deschamps. "He has muscular problems in the groin and I don't think he'll be able to come back before mid-May."

Mbia was replaced in the seventh minute of the French League Cup final on Saturday, which Marseille won 1-0 against Montpellier.