Giroud out of France's WCup qualifier with Finland


PARIS (AP) -Striker Olivier Giroud is out of France's opening 2014 World Cup qualifier against Finland on Friday because of muscle pains.

France coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday it was "a bit too risky" to include Giroud for the match in Finland, but that he hopes the Arsenal forward will be ready to face Belarus at Stade de France four days later.

The 25-year-old Giroud has scored one goal in 10 appearances for France.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is expected to lead France's attack in Helsinki.

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