Bordeaux manager Jean-Louis Gasset has explained his motive for giving Samuel Kalu a starting spot in the club’s 1-0 away win against Stade Rennes on Friday.
Kalu has been out of the game since he was injured while on international service with Nigeria last month.
The 23-year-old played for 60 minutes in Les Girondis’ hard-fought victory at Roazhon Park.
The winger advanced France’s Hatem Ben Arfa for the winning goal in the first half.
“I said Kalu would not be a starter, but in the back of my mind, he was still an energy player,” Gasset said after the game.
“So if you have Kalu on one side and Ben Arfa on the other, you still have two players that the other teams have to watch out for. These are our strengths. I chose to get it started.
“He ended up with a bit of an injury because I had given him an hour. I hope it’s not too serious […] When we met three days before the game, I found him tired. I said we wouldn’t risk it.
And after a day off and the last session in Haillan, where she had recovered well and was very leggy. I told him that we had to do the same with Hatem, that is, start it up and play it for 60 minutes. I hope how little stiffness he felt. “