That game just happened to be veteran coach Vahid Halilhodzic's first game in
charge. After Miazga lost his starting spot, the Canaris got hot and won four games and tied a fifth, climbing out of the Ligue 1 basement.
Several factors went into Halilhodzic's decision to give Miazga another chance. With seven games over the next 23 days, including two Ligue 1 makeup games, he rested most of his starters for the French Cup opener. He also went with three defenders in the back, starting Miazga alongside Nicolas Pallois and Kara Mbodji.
There was speculation that Chelsea would try to break Miazga's loan deal during the January window, but the future of Brazilian Diego Carlos, Nantes' other center back, Mbodji, on loan from Anderlecht, with the Canaris is also up in the air.
Given those circumstances, it is hard to imagine Nantes giving up on Miazga lightly.