MICHAEL ADUBATO - Friday, February 24, 2012
Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht will look to get back to winning ways, while Mix Diskerud and Gent welcome the league's leading scorer and Mons, in Belgian soccer action.
Lierse - Anderlecht
Anderlecht will travel up to the Flemish town of Lier to take on Lierse at 'Het Lisp' on Sunday night.
Les Mauves will be intent on rebounding from their heartbreaking 1-0 loss on Thursday night at the hands of Jozy Altidore and AZ Alkmaar which knocked them out of the Europa League. In the game Sacha Kljestan took a whack over his eye but played the entire game and should be ready for Sunday night.
At this time Anderlecht hasn't assessed possible new injuries from that contest but striker Tom De Sutter is definitely out. The Belgian picked up a knee injury last weekend just before the game against Westerlo. He is struggling with inflammation of the patella tendon and could be out for a few weeks.
Lierse, who were knocked out of the Belgian Cup at the semi-final round by Lokeren, have reported no new injuries and should have a full squad to choose from as they take on first place Anderlecht. The last time the two teams met the Brussels boys spanked the Canaries by a 4-0 score line where Kljestan bagged a goal.
Gent - Mons
The league's leading goal-getter Jeremy Perbet and Mons will cross the border into Flanders to take on the Buffaloes of Gent.
Mix Diskerud made his debut last weekend and will look to step onto the field at Jules Ottenstadion for his home debut. The American played in place of injured Bernd Thijs last weekend however the Gent captain is expected to play tomorrow evening. Midfielder Yassine el Ghanassy picked up an injury in training and will miss the contest and most likely the next few weeks. Moroccan midfielder Zakaria M'Sila is expected to go under the knife soon and will therefore be out two to three months.
For the Walloons, Rachid Bourabia will miss out with a foot injury, along with the convalesing Zola. Pape M'Bow is also still out and will undergo surgery.
When the two teams met in Mons back in October they shared the points after a 1-1 finish.
Devan Yao is still out due to injury but has a slight chance of making the Boussu-Dour bench against Aalst.
Tristan Bowen will hope to see some playing time when Dender heads west to take on Roeselare.