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Olivier Giroud

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Birthdate:  September 30, 1986    Birthplace:  Chambery, France    Nationality:  France    Height:  6' 3"    Weight:  194 lbs    

November 20, 2014    Olivier Giroud News

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Giroud (leg) will be available to play in Saturday's match against Manchester United.

Giroud suffered a broken tibia back in August and was initially expected to be sidelined until 2015, but the Frenchman has beaten his return timetable by a considerable distance. After building his fitness over the recent international break, Giroud will be available for selection come Saturday, when Manchester United visits Arsenal. Although Giroud is unlikely to start right away, it should be worthwhile to monitor how Gunners' gaffer Arsene Wenger incorporates Giroud into his team, since fellow strikers Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez strived in central positions while Giroud was out.

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Olivier Giroud: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

November 18, 2014

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Giroud (leg) is targeting a return on Nov. 29 against West Brom, the Telegraph reports.

Giroud was initially expected to be sidelined until 2015, but he returned to first-team training well ahead of schedule, and now looks poised to return after missing two more matches (Saturday against Manchester United and next Wednesday against Borussia Dortmund). Given manager Arsene Wenger's reluctance to start players in their first games back after extending absences, Giroud will likely be used as a substitute for a few games while Danny Welbeck continues to start up front.

November 13, 2014

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Giroud (leg) is back in training for Arsenal, though it is still unclear how extensive the workouts are during the international break.

Giroud was expected to be out until 2015 due to the broken tibia he suffered back in August, but with his return to training, it appears possible that he could get back on the pitch before the condensed holiday period. However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shown a penchant for bringing injured players back slowly, so it could be a while before Giroud gets his starting job back from Danny Welbeck.

November 7, 2014

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Giroud is expected to return to first-team training next week after recovering from a broken leg in August, according to the Daily Mail.

Giroud has spent a long time on the sidelines, and has only played four matches for Arsenal this season. His recovery has been moving ahead of schedule, though.

October 31, 2014

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Giroud (broken tibia) is still considered ahead of schedule on his injury rehab, the London Evening Standard reports. Manager Arsene Wenger thinks Giroud might be able to return around Christmas.

That timetable would be about three weeks ahead of schedule, not that anyone should lock it in stone.

October 13, 2014

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Monday that Giroud is recovering faster than expected from his broken tibia, and he may be able to return before the end of the year, The Guardian reports.

Wenger also speculated that he thinks Giroud can play alongside Danny Welbeck, who was brought in at the end of the transfer window to replace Giroud while he was sidelined. While it's good news that Giroud is ahead of schedule, he will still be out for a number of weeks in a best-case scenario.

September 30, 2014

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Giroud (leg) has agreed to a two-year contract extension with Arsenal, ESPN FC reports.

Giroud, who is currently recovering from surgery on a broken left tibia, signed his extension on his 28th birthday Tuesday. Since joining Arsenal from Montpellier in 2012, Giroud has registered 41 goals and 20 assists in 101 appearances (77 starts) across all competitions. However, since he's not expected to return until 2015, recent signings Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez are primarily expected to occupy the Gunners' void up front.

August 27, 2014

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Giroud (leg) suffered a broken left tibia and has been ruled out for up to four months, BBC Sport reports.

Giroud, who underwent surgery Wednesday, was injured in the dying minutes of Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Everton on Saturday. It's a massive blow for the Gunners, who will now have to rely on the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Yaya Sanogo, Joel Campbell and Lukas Podolski to fill the void in attack.