Football - Marseille playmaker Valbuena out for up to six weeks

Olympique Marseille's France playmaker Mathieu Valbuena will be missing for up to six weeks after picking up a shoulder injury during Tuesday's 1-0 Ligue 1 defeat at Lille, his club said.

"He will be sidelined for an estimated four to six weeks. He will undergo further examination (on Wednesday)," Marseille said on their website (

Valbuena will miss at least three league games with fourth-placed Marseille and next week's final Champions League Group F match at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Last year's Champions League runners-up Dortmund will secure a knockout stage spot if they win or match Napoli's result at home to group leaders Arsenal. Marseille, who have so far lost all their five matches played, are already eliminated.