Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has revealed that Olivier Giroud has not suffered a serious ankle injury and he should make his comeback to first-team training in 10 days’ time.
The Frenchman has not enjoyed the best of campaigns with the Blues with just a single league goal scored and things turned from bad to worse after he was substituted during the backend of the Crystal Palace game last weekend with a suspected ankle problem.
However, speaking in a press conference, covered by Chelsea’s website, Sarri has said that the injury is not bad as initially feared and the ex-Arsenal man should return to training during the midway stage of the ongoing transfer window.
The Blues have generally struggled upfront this term with both Giroud and Alvaro Morata misfiring and the duo have managed a combined six league goals compared to winger Eden Hazard, who has already reached double figures (10) in the top-flight.
As such, there has been a large dependency on the Belgian to make the difference of late and whenever he has had an off-game, the Blues have appeared to drop points against mid-table clubs more so than the elite teams.
Chelsea recently managed a 0-0 draw against Southampton on Wednesday night where Hazard was denied twice by debutant Premier League goalkeeper Angus Gunn in the opposition ranks.
Morata was once more frustrating as he struggled to beat the offside trap with an effort inside the box and following that game, Sarri acknowledged that the club need to bolster their options in the final third, although he can only suggest to the Blues’ hierarchy to do so.
Meanwhile, Chelsea have completed their first signing of the winter transfer window with Christian Pulisic joining them from Borussia Dortmund, but they have since accepted to loan him back to the Bundesliga club.
When asked whether the Blues may revert the loan decision amid the recent injury crisis (Giroud, Pedro, Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the sidelines), the Italian iterated that the board have the final power to decide on the proceedings.
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