With Karim Benzema invalided out of this World Cup 2018 winner Olivier Giroud is likely to lead the French attack against Australia.
Veteran Giroud in line to face Australia
Karim Benzema’s injury has opened the door for veteran striker Olivier Giroud to spearhead France’s attack at the World Cup in Qatar.
Benzema entered the tournament as arguably the world’s most complete forward while Giroud was a likely substitute in the France team. Last month, the Real Madrid star Benzema won the Ballon d’Or.
Then his World Cup ended when he tore a thigh muscle in training on Saturday.
With Benzema out of the tournament, Giroud is expected to move from the bench to a starting role against Australia on Tuesday [Wednesday morning AEDT] in the Group D game. He has extra motivation to do well, since he is just two goals shy of Thierry Henry’s France record of 51 goals.