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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has found game time hard to get, and the 32-year-old hasn’t started a game for Chelsea since August.
Blues boss Frank Lampard prefers young striker Tammy Abraham as his first choice striker, and the 22-year-old has been in prolific form and has scored eight goals in all competitions this season.
Giroud was on target in the UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool and has only lasted 119 minutes for Chelsea this season.
Giroud hasn’t featured in any of Chelsea’s last four matches, and despite his lack of game time at the club, the experienced forward still retains the faith of France boss Didier Deschamps and has been named in France’s squad for the games against Iceland and Turkey next week.
Speaking about Giroud’s lack of action this season, Deschamps has said that he might tell Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to play Giroud, just as Lampard told him not to play N’Golo Kante last time out due to his injury problems.
Deschamps said: “Lampard asked me not to pick [N’Golo] Kante at the last break. Maybe I’ll call him later to tell him it would be nice if you play Olivier Giroud a little bit.”
Prior to France’s matches against Albania and Andorra last month, Lampard implored Deschamps not to call N’Golo Kante into his squad due to the midfielder’s recent injury problems, and Deschamps now want the favour from Lampard regarding Giroud.