Lampard explains Giroud’s absence against Leicester City

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Olivier Giroud wasn’t part of the matchday squad for the game against Leicester City on Saturday.

Giroud hasn’t featured for the Blues since the end of November and was keen on leaving the club during the January transfer window, with Tottenham linked with a transfer deadline day move for the striker.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard insists Giroud’s absence against Leicester City had nothing to do with his failure to complete a deadline day move to Tottenham.

Asked to explain Giroud’s absence against Leicester City, Lampard said: “It was nothing to do with the frame of mind, no.

“He has had a few days where a lot of scrutiny has been on him and around him.

“We will all go away for a week away from each other, it’s probably what’s needed for everyone and we will come back and work hard and Olivier is here.

“He will play if he shows himself in training, because that is how I pick the team generally, then he will get his opportunities.”

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