Clement Grenier back in Lyon training following groin injury

Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier has returned to training after a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a groin injury.

Grenier, 23, missed the latter weeks of last season with the problem and did not make France's World Cup squad because of a separate thigh complaint.

The midfielder has been unavailable for Lyon so far this term after aggravating the groin injury in a Europa League qualifier in August, but after undergoing surgery he is now closing in on a return to action after a three-month absence.

Grenier took part in training on Wednesday and was pleased to put his recent injury woes behind him.

"It's great to be back on the field and play some small games,'' Grenier told Ligue 1's official website. "I felt great out there today.''

Grenier's return could not come at a better time for Lyon coach Hubert Fournier, who has had to make do without midfielder Yoann Gourcuff in recent weeks.

Despite the pair's absence, Lyon have made a bright start to the Ligue 1 season and currently sit third, two points behind leaders Marseille, after avoiding defeat in their last nine league matches.