Olivier Giroud has tested positive for COVID-19, his club AC Milan announced on Thursday as the France forward sits out his country’s World Cup qualifiers.
In a statement, Milan said Giroud “tested positive in a molecular swab carried out at home”, adding that he is “doing well but must remain in protective isolation”.
Giroud tested positive for the virus after France opted not to call him up for World Cup qualifiers this month. Les Bleus stumbled to a 1-1 draw with Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday in the first of their three matches in the international break.
The 34-year-old was dropped by France coach Didier Deschamps despite being the country’s second-highest goalscorer behind Thierry Henry.
He has made a great start in Milan this season after signing from Chelsea, scoring twice in the 4-1 Serie A thumping of Cagliari at the San Siro on Sunday.
Milan also said that Giroud “has not had contact with the rest of the team since the league match against Cagliari”
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Heskey Advises Liverpool To Sign Osimhen
Former England forward, Emile Heskey has advised Liverpool to sign Victor Osimhen.
Liverpool are reportedly among the clubs interested in signing Osimhen from Serie A club, Napoli.
Fellow Premier League clubs, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, as well as European champions, Real Madrid are also credited with an interest in the Nigeria international.
The 23-year-old has scored 10 goals and recorded three assists in 14 appearances across all competitions for Napoli this season.
The Nigeria international was recently named “Emerging Young Player of the Year” at the Global Soccer Award in Doha, Qatar.
“He (Osimhen) would certainly give them something different to what they have now,” Heskey noted. “He’s different to Nunez who can play out wide; Osimhen would be that central goal threat,” Heskey told Anfield Watch.
“He’s quick, has an eye for goal, and can finish really well with both feet. He’s a top player. I think Napoli paid quite a lot for him, so that’s why he’s commanding a €100m transfer fee.
Osimhen joined Napoli from Ligue 1 club, Lille, in 2020 and has a contract until 2025.
Napoli are not willing to sell Osimhen in January, and any potential deal will be done next summer.
Their €100m price tag could also ward off the interest of interested clubs.
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World Cup: My Son Wept After Argentina’s Defeat To Saudi Arabia – Messi
Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has revealed that his son, Mateo, immediately started crying after his side’s World Cup 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia last week.
Recall that Saudi Arabia came from a goal down to beat Argentina on November 22.
Speaking after Argentina’s World Cup 2-0 win against Mexico over the weekend, Messi said via Mirror, “Mateo left the stadium crying after the first game (vs Saudi Arabia) and Thiago came out counting telling me that if we won both games we would qualify.
“My family suffers the same as all Argentines but we’re happy and we get comfortable again because now our progress depends on us.”
Messi will now hope to lead Argentina to victory when they face Poland on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Messi’s agent, Marcelo Mendez, has played down speculation his client is on the verge of joining Inter Miami when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires next summer.
Reports had emerged that Messi, who inspired Argentina to beat Mexico 2-0 in a World Cup tie last weekend, would leave PSG on a free transfer.
Reacting to the speculation, Mendez branded the rumours ‘fake news’.
“It’s false,” Mendez told CNN when asked about the reports. “It’s fake news.
“There is no negotiation for Lionel to join Inter Miami next season.”
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Man City To Face Chelsea In FA Cup Third Round
The draw for the third round of the FA Cup was conducted on Friday night.
This is the stage when Premier League teams enter the competition.
Manchester City will clash with Chelsea in the tie of the round, while Manchester United have been paired against Everton.
Arsenal travel to Oxford United and Liverpool take on Wolves.
Third-round ties will take place around the weekend on Saturday, January 7.
Draw in full:
Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town
Middlesbrough vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Chesterfield vs West Bromwich Albion
Manchester City vs Chelsea
Charlton Athletic or Stockport County vs Walsall
Boreham Wood vs Accrington Stanley
Tottenham Hotspur vs Portsmouth
Derby County vs Barnsley
Cardiff City vs Leeds United
Brentford vs West Ham United
Bournemouth vs Burnley
Coventry City vs Wrexham
Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers
Aston Villa vs Stevenage
Luton Town vs Wigan Athletic
Oxford United vs Arsenal
Fleetwood Town vs QPR
Liverpool vs Wolves
Grimsby Town vs Burton Albion
Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest
Dagenham and Redbridge or Gillingham vs Leicester City
Forest Green Rovers vs Birmingham City
Bristol City vs Swansea City
Hartlepool United vs Stoke City
Hull City vs Fulham
Crystal Palace vs Southampton
Millwall vs Sheffield United
Shrewsbury Town vs Sunderland
Sheffield Wednesday vs Newcastle United
Manchester United vs Everton
Reading vs Watford
Ipswich Town vs Rotherham
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