Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud has been declared fit and ‘operational’ according to RMC, the French radio station, after the player was forced to miss France’s World Cup opener against Finland with an unspecified muscular injury. No further details were made available about the nature of the injury.
Giroud, who signed for Arsenal during the summer, made the breakthrough in to the French national side in November 2011 before going on to become Ligue 1’s top scorer that season, finding the net on 21 occasions during 36 appearances while also adding nine assists to his tally.
The striker made his first appearance for Les Bleues during a friendly against the USA when he came on as a substitute and he managed to score the first of his three international goals on 29th February 2012. Giroud has appeared for the national side on 10 occassions.
A poll which ran on Le Parisien today asked if it was ‘a must’ that Giroud partnered Benzema in the French attack in their next game. At the time of writing, 75 per cent of respondents had replied ‘YES.’
Giroud returned to training on Saturday.