Giroud ruled out of Finland qualifier

06 September 2012 06:47

Striker Olivier Giroud has been ruled out of France's opening qualifier for the 2014 World Cup against Finland here on Friday, coach Didier Deschamps confirmed.

The Arsenal forward is suffering from muscular problems and has not taken part in any of the team's training sessions since Monday.

"He's going to work on his own to ensure that he can play the next game (against Belarus on September 11)," Deschamps said on Thursday ahead of his first competitive game as France coach.

"Concerning his muscular problem, it's better for him to have more time. I would have preferred to have Olivier at his full capacity but that's how it is."

Source: AFP