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Olivier Giroud out for Sunday, internationals

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Not a surprise, but still too bad.

Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal FC - UEFA Champions League
I hope he didn’t injure the toe kicking the ball
Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Everyone’s favorite French striker picked up a toe injury in Arsenal’s game against PSG, in which he also got sent off, but after a couple weeks rest and training, there was some faint hope that he may be fit and available for Sunday’s game against Burnley.

That hope was dashed today, as it has been reported that Giroud will miss not only that game, but France’s World Cup qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Netherlands in a couple weeks as he recovers from what NFL people would call “turf toe”.

Giroud hasn’t played much for Arsenal this season, making only four substitute appearances thus far as he regains fitness, gets suspended, and sees other people outplaying him for now. I’m not worried about him long term, though, and this injury layoff may be a good opportunity for him to start getting headed in the right direction for the rest of the season.