Admin error leaves Olivier Giroud unavailable for Champions League

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When Olivier Giroud first injured his ankle in August, he was expected to be out until the New Year.

Now that he’s back and match fit over a month ahead of schedule, he won’t be available in the Champions League until February.

Huh?

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Teams are required to submit their 25-man rosters for the group stage by September 2nd, just after Arsenal learned Giroud would need to undergo ankle surgery. When Arsenal sent in their roster, Giroud’s name was left off the list.

However, Giroud recovered well ahead of schedule but will still be unable to feature for the Gunners as they host Dortmund this Wednesday.

Arsenal could surely use Giroud against Dortmund as the German side is undefeated atop Group D. In four matches, Dortmund has outscored their opposition 13-1.

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After scoring a brilliant goal for the Gunners this weekend against Manchester United, Giroud would be available for Arsenal should they advance to the knockout round of the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s side need just one point from their final two matches to advance out of the group stage, so it is likely Giroud will get to play in European competition later this year.

As long as they remember to put his name on the list.