Olivier Giroud will not be included in the upcoming round of international friendlies after picking up another injury against Chelsea.
Missing from Arsenal’s squad against Basel due to his red card suspension, Giroud had picked up a toe injury against PSG which side-lined him for a little while. Now, speaking to the media, France manager, Didier Deschamps, has revealed that the Arsenal man has a second injury.
“I’m not worried, no,” said Deschamps at his press conference.
“Olivier resumed a little later than the others, after there his club situation.
“He had a first injury when he entered against PSG, second when he came against Chelsea.
“Since the game in Belarus, he played 80 minutes over three matches. Compared to the demands of the elite, the important thing is to have players at 100%, even though I know what he did with us.
“I’m not going to worry about it today.
“He always managed to reverse the trend, I do not question what he did.”
With an ear close to the ground and rumours bubbling, I wouldn’t like to speculate too much regarding the real reasons behind Giroud not getting much game time so far this season, but we do know he is a player who needs to have his head on right to be effective and if the off-field reports are correct, that might be causing him a problem.
Arsenal have yet to mention this second ‘injury’ but that’s not unusual for a club who value secrecy so much they would probably hide when games are being played if they could get away with it.