Olivier Giroud a doubt for Liverpool clash after testing positive for Covid-19
Olivier Giroud is yet another player to test positive for Covid-19
French center-forward Olivier Giroud may be set to miss out on his Champions League debut for AC Milan later this month after the former Chelsea and Arsenal striker tested positive for Covid-19.
ICYMI: Olivier Giroud major doubt for Liverpool v AC Milan Champions League clash after positive covid-19 test 🔴 #LFC https://t.co/A9LCJrUwAC
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In a statement released by the club’s official website, Giroud – who was not called up by Didier Deschamps for France’s World Cup qualifying fixtures – had come back with a positive result after being rested at home, but has not had any contact with other Milan players since the clubs 4-1 win over Cagliari last weekend, where he bagged the first two goals of his stint in Milan.
Stefano Pioli to shift tactical plans
The news will hardly be greeted with elation by boss Stefano Pioli ahead of Rossoneri‘s matchday one clash with Liverpool on Wednesday the 15th at Anfield; the first time the two have met in Europe since the 2006-07 Champions League final where Milan avenged their shock loss in the final in Istanbul against the Reds two seasons prior.
Pioli had hinted at the opportunity to toy with Milan’s tactical schematics since Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to training after his knee injury and was considering using the Swedish icon in tandem up front with Giroud in a bid to utilize his key forwards simultaneously.
Giroud has started brightly in another chapter of his career after his time at Chelsea came to an end after last season, already cementing himself as an important piece of the puzzle at the San Siro and leading the line in both of the club’s Serie A wins to start the 2021-22 domestic campaign.