Report: Giroud sidelined until February

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According to L’Equipe [translated by Sport Witness], Olivier Giroud will be sidelined until February by the hamstring tear he suffered against West Ham in the Carabao Cup.

The France international pulled up with the problem in the second half of the 1-0 win and was immediately substituted. After the game, Arsene Wenger said the player reported ‘the pain is quite big’.

The boss had hinted that the striker could be out for at least three weeks, but it appears scans have confirmed that the injury is worse than first thought.

Arsenal could play ten games between now and the end of January, including six Premier League matches, the two legs of the Carabao Cup semi-final with Chelsea and potentially the first two rounds of their FA Cup defence.

The news will come as a big blow to Giroud who had been hoping for more game time ahead of the World Cup this summer. The 31-year-old’s agent had even spoken about the possibility of leaving the Emirates in January. It remains to be seen if clubs still come knocking given the circumstances.

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