Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly targeting the Gunners’ clash with Manchester United as an early return date from his ankle injury.
The France international has been unavailable since early September after being forced to undergo surgery after suffering a broken tibia.
The striker was expected to miss the rest of 2014 but Wenger has suggested the former Montpellier star is ‘miles ahead’ of schedule and will rejoin training after the international break. He said:
[Giroud is recovering] Very well. He’s three weeks ahead of schedule and I think he will join in normal training after the international break.
According to Goal reporter Wayne Veysey, the club have set the United game as a realistic date for the Frenchman’s comeback.
3. From what I hear Giroud is targeting a return v Manchester United on November 22.
— Wayne Veysey (@wayneveysey) October 31, 2014
Giroud also took to social networking site Instagram to show that’s back at training.
The Gunners will be delighted to eventually welcome back the striker, who has been on the sidelines since the second week of the season with a long-term foot problem. The former Montpellier man offers the Gunners a robust physical presence at the sharp end of the pitch, and he will afford Wenger even more attacking options.
It’ll be intresting to see just how Wenger manages the situation regarding the two forwards and although the French manager claimed that the pairing can play together, it’s rare to see Arsenal deploy a system that accommodates two orthodox strikers. The Gunners will play Manchester United on November 22nd at the Emirates and having him back for that big game will be a big boost for the team.
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