Brandao set to make Marseille return against Lille

Brandao set to make Marseille return against Lille

Published Jan. 13, 2012 1:56 p.m. ET

Brazilian striker Brandao is set to return for Marseille after being included in the squad to face defending champion Lille in the French league on Sunday.

Coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday that Brandao was a little short of match fitness but has looked sharp in training since joining on loan from Gremio this week.

''He's not at his peak, but he's in decent shape,'' Deschamps said. ''He's full of motivation and determination.''

Brandao scored 24 goals in 90 games for Marseille and helped it to win the league title and League Cup two seasons ago. He scored four goals in 14 league games with Gremio, but is coming back to help Deschamps cope with a shortage of forwards.


Brandao was loaned out to the Brazilian club until June, but Deschamps was forced to recall him because of a lack of funds, injury and losing players to the African Cup of Nations.

Marseille forwards Andre and Jordan Ayew will represent Ghana at the African Cup, which starts next week, while center-forward Andre-Pierre Gignac is recovering from a groin injury.

In March last year, an investigating judge filed preliminary charges of rape against Brandao but released him from custody pending further investigation. He was authorized to leave France but required to attend any judicial hearings.

A woman alleged she was raped by Brandao after they returned from a nightclub. Brandao denies the accusation, saying they had consensual sex.