It will take some getting used to: from now on, press conferences at Standard will be held on D-2 of the match. It is a choice of Luka Elsner, who also made his first decisions as a coach. The first is strong. Arnaud Bodart is the new captain of the Rouches. “He is a guarantee in terms of leadership, he speaks up and feels responsible. I gave him the armband but we need an internal structure in terms of leadership, with boys like Laifis, Dussenne or Carcela, d ‘a little different way. “
We understood it by these words: Elsner will reinstate Noë Dussenne and Mehdi Carcela, sidelined since the start of the season (while continuing to train with the A core). “I will put the best players at the best time. The door is not closed for anyone,” said Elsner, who still sent Aleksandar Boljevic to train in U21 (with Maxime Lestienne, whose situation has not, for reminder, not changed). But he kept William Balikwisha. “I can’t train everyone and I have to work with a tight group. But situations can change every week. Nothing is final.”
The only definitive thing for this Saturday are the packages of Gojko Cimirot (calf) and Kostas Laifis (thigh). “Gojko has a small lesion and he will be out for about 10 days. For Kostas, he has latent pain in the area of the scar. He won’t be able to play against OHL yet.
“But a good news comes all the same from the infirmary: Merveille Bope Bokadi is evolving very well. He will play with the U21 in Genk this Friday evening to test himself. If this test is positive, the Congolese defender, absent since last May, could return to the nucleus next week for the trip to the Circle.