French striker Olivier Giroud has been forced to withdraw from the French national team’s gathering after sustaining an ankle injury during their recent match against Ireland (2-0). Although initial examinations have not revealed any serious damage, the medical staff of Les Bleus has decided not to take any risks with the AC Milan forward. Consequently, Giroud will not be able to participate in the friendly match against Germany on Tuesday.
Giroud, who is being considered for replacement by either Marcus Thuram or Randal Kolo Muani, provided the latter recovers from his ankle sprain, has expressed his hope to feature in the upcoming fixtures for AC Milan. These include a highly anticipated derby against Inter Milan and a Champions League encounter against Newcastle.
The 36-year-old forward, with an impressive international record of 125 caps and 54 goals, will be sorely missed by the French national team. However, with the Serie A derby against Inter Milan just a week away and the first Champions League match against Newcastle in eleven days, Giroud’s decision to prioritize his recovery is understandable.
By allowing Giroud to return to Italy, the French national team aims to facilitate his rehabilitation and ensure that he is fully fit for the crucial club fixtures that lie ahead. While the absence of such an experienced and prolific goal-scorer will undoubtedly be felt, the team’s medical staff is committed to safeguarding Giroud’s long-term well-being.
This unfortunate setback serves as a reminder of the physical demands and risks involved in professional football. It also highlights the importance of player welfare and the need for clubs and national teams to work together to strike a balance between competitive commitments and the health of their players.
🚨 Olivier Giroud est FORFAIT pour Allemagne-France ! 🤕🇫🇷
Rien de grave pour l’attaquant des Bleus, touché à la cheville.
— Actu Foot (@ActuFoot_) September 8, 2023