Jean Makoun is expected to be sidelined until the New Year after sustaining a thigh injury with Stade Rennais.

The Cameroonian midfielder, on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, left the pitch during the break of the 2-2 draw with Brest on the weekend after tearing a thigh muscle and will be unavailable until 2013 according to the French club.

Makoun has made 11 Ligue 1 appearances for Frederic Antonetti's Rennes so far this campaign with his likely absence a big blow for the Breton club who sit seventh on the league table.

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