Giroud plays down injury concern
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 4/5 to lift the FA Cup this season, with the Blues 25/1 to finish in the top four in the Premier League and 12121/1 to win the Champions League.
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