Arsenal striker Lacazette free to play Europa League after UEFA cut ban

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Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette can play in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie at home to Rennes after having his ban reduced.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette is eligible to play in Thursday's Europa League last 16 second-leg clash against Rennes after his three-match ban was reduced to two games.

The French striker was shown a red card for a foul on BATE Borisov defender Aleksandar Filipovic in the last-32 first-leg match and was hit with a three-game ban by European soccer's governing body UEFA for serious rough play.

Arsenal appealed against the decision which was partially upheld and Lacazette's suspension was reduced to two matches, which he has already served.

"The appeal lodged by Arsenal FC has been partially upheld," UEFA said in a statement on Tuesday.

Lacazette missed the last-32 second leg against BATE which Arsenal won 3-0 and their 3-1 round of 16 first-leg defeat in Rennes.

Arsenal lost 3-1 away in the first leg and face a battle to overturn the deficit in their bid to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Gunners will be without defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos through suspension following his dismissal for two cautions at Roazhon Park.

Source AAP