Giroud plays down injury concern

15 February 2018 04:28:39 EST

Recent Chelsea recruit Olivier Giroud is hoping to recover quickly from a calf injury sustained in the 3-0 win over West Brom on Monday evening.

The former Arsenal striker had to be replaced after an hour of the game at Stamford Bridge earlier this week, having taken a kick to his calf and also needed stitches in a head wound.

It was sore, so hopefully I'm going to recover quickly.

Olivier Giroud

However, Giroud is upbeat about the prospects of a swift return to action, with the Blues playing host to Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Friday evening.

He told his club's official website: "The main thing was the calf, when I received a kick from behind. It was sore, so hopefully I'm going to recover quickly.

"I feel very good. It's been maybe two months since I started a game. I'm training hard and working to be ready physically and I tried to do what the coach asked me to do tactically.

"I couldn't play all of the game anyway because of my physical form, but I had a pain in my calf and I was limping.

"I didn't want to go off, I said at half-time when they put stitches in my head that I wanted to carry on, but the calf was very painful."

Meanwhile, Giroud believes a good performance against the Tigers is imperative, with Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City their following three opponents.

He added: "Firstly we want to qualify in the FA Cup and then we have three big games to come - Barcelona in the Champions League and then the two Manchester clubs away - that's why we need the confidence high.

"We need to keep it up and build momentum."

Chelsea are priced at 13/8 to lift the FA Cup this season, with the Blues 5/2 to finish in the top four in the Premier League and 12121/1 to win the Champions League.

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