Arsenal’s Giroud to miss France’s Finland qualifier

Olivier Giroud has been pulled out of the France squad for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Finland.

Olivier Giroud has been pulled out of the France squad for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Finland.

The Arsenal striker has sustained a muscular problem whilst training with the Les Bleus squad this week with manager Didier Deschamps confirming his exit from the roster for the Group I opener in Helsinki but suggesting he could play against Belarus in Saint-Denis on Tuesday.

“He will work apart [from the squad], which will allow him to play the next match [against Belarus],” said Deschamps.

“Considering it’s a muscle problem, it is better to give him more time. I would have preferred Olivier at full fitness, but [football] is like that.”

 
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