Arsenal are waiting to discover the severity of Olivier Giroud’s foot injury but are already resigned to being without him for their Champions League second-leg qualifier against Besiktas tonight.
Giroud may be facing an extended spell on the sidelines after sustaining the damage in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton, just seconds after heading the equaliser.
The 27-year-old Frenchman has undergone two scans and saw a specialist yesterday who will provide a time frame for his rehabilitation.
Manager Arsene Wenger refused to speculate on the extent of the damage amid reports that Giroud has broken a bone and could be out for two to three months.
“Olivier will not play against Besiktas. He will see a specialist and afterward we will make an announcement as to how long he’ll be out,” Wenger said.
“It can be (long term), we’ll see. I don’t know (if it’s broken). It’s sad for us, but for the moment we are focused on the game.”