Ligue 1 midfielder rues missed Arsenal chance

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Stephane Mbia believes he is 10 days away from making his Marseille comeback, meaning he will miss the UEFA Champions League trip to Arsenal on November 1.

The 25-year-old midfielder has been out of action since breaking his foot back in August, and Didier Deschamps' side have struggled in his absence, as they continue to occupy a lowly position towards the bottom of the Ligue 1 table.

"I need to play, I miss playing football every week," said Mbia. "I think in ten days I should be okay to start playing, fingers crossed.

"Hopefully I can show my value to the club because they need me at the moment. It has been a difficult season for us so far."

Marseille have performed considerably better in the UEFA Champions League, but suffered an agonising 1-0 defeat at the hands of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side in their last European outing at Stade Velodrome.

"But we won our last game [2-0 against Ajaccio] and that will help our confidence," Mbia continued.

"I hope to return soon and play my part in helping the club enjoy a successful season."

Marseille return to European action at the Emirates Stadium when they face the Gunners in the reverse fixture next week, and will be hoping for a positive result as they look to keep their dream of UEFA Champions League qualification alive.

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