On Monday, a few papers ran stories about Olivier Giroud having an injury scare.
“Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud suffers injury scare with France”
“OUCH! Arsenal injury scare as Olivier Giroud appears to suffer KO in France training ahead of Wales friendly”
“Arsenal suffer injury scare ahead of Tottenham derby as Olivier Giroud picks up knock during France training”
The stories were based on a couple of pictures available via Getty Images. They showed Olivier Giroud, currently on international duty, holding his leg. That was it.
No attempt was made in any of the stories to figure out what had actually happened or whether it was serious. The authors just decided to speculate wildly knowing an ‘injury scare’ story would probably rack up a few hits on a quiet news day.
Surprise, surprise…Giroud is fine. He was spotted training today ahead of France’s game with Wales.
So there we go. Panic over. Not that there was ever any real panic in the first place.