Olivier Giroud ruled out of Liverpool F.C. clash due to hamstring injury

first_imgArsenal F.C. suffered a major blow after their star midfielder Olivier Giroud was ruled out of Friday’s Premier League match against Liverpool due to a hamstring injury.Arsenal are fifth in the league, a point and a place behind Liverpool, and host the Merseyside club at the Emirates.Giroud, who has scored seven goals this season, will undergo scans on Thursday to assess the extent of his injury.”It doesn’t look very good for him. I think he’s out of Friday night,” Wenger said.”We have to wait. Nowadays you do the scan 48 hours after the injury. That will happen on Thursday, then we’ll have a precise kind of grade on what his hamstring is. When you listen to him, the pain is quite big, but the grade is not always linked with the intensity of the pain,” he added.Giroud was substituted in the second half of Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over West Ham United in the League Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday.Midfielder Francis Coquelin was also substituted in the final stages of Tuesday’s match with a knock but Wenger expects the 26-year-old to be fit to face their fellow top four contenders.Danny Welbeck netted a goal as Arsenal edged past London rivals West Ham at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who replaced all 11 starters from the weekend Premier League home win over Newcastle United, still had plenty of international pedigree as England striker Welbeck got the winner three minutes before halftime.Welbeck’s persistence in bundling home from close range was one of the few highlights, a solitary shot on target, in a dull derby but David Moyes’ side never threatened Arsenal, with a wayward Aaron Cresswell free kick proving their best effort.advertisementWith Arsenal and Manchester City progressing, there is the prospect of two mouthwatering last-four clashes because on Wednesday holders Manchester United visit high-flying Championship side Bristol City and Chelsea host struggling Bournemouth.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img

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