Lyon head coach Bruno Genesio believes Nabil Fekir has found it difficult to adjust after missing out on a move to Liverpool in the summer.
Fekir seemed all set to join Jurgen Klopp’s side before the summer. But, after agreeing personal terms, negotiations between the two clubs ended.
The Frenchman is still to make his competitive return after winning the World Cup in Russia this summer.
Genesio believes the 25-year-old has found it difficult to return to action after his move to Liverpool fell through.
“It is never easy accepting this kind of situation, when you are very near to signing for a club where you want to go.
“But as I said, it could have been worse for him. He is at Lyon, at a strong club, he is captain of a team who plays in the Champions League.
“This could be a very important season for Nabil. I haven’t seen any attitudes or signs that make me think he won’t live up to his role the way he did last year.”
The midfielder is set to make his return to action for Lyon against Strasbourg on Friday.
“Nabil is ready to start the match and to put in at least an hour of very high quality.
“It was better to take our time with him, even if we would have liked to have had him with us from the start of the season. He wasn’t ready physically.”