/Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud leaves Selhurst Park on crutches following win over Crystal Palace

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud leaves Selhurst Park on crutches following win over Crystal Palace


LE CRUTCH

Giroud was forced off the pitch in the second-half as Chelsea battled to a 1-0 win

Chelsea earned a crucial 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace thanks to N’Golo Kante’s strike but it looks like the three points came at a price.

Blues frontman Olivier Giroud picked up a nasty looking ankle injury in the second-half in a game which also saw Willian get a knock.

Giroud had to come off after this challenge

Giroud had to come off after this challenge

Giroud, 32, was caught late by James Tomkins after firing the ball into the roof of the net – a goal that was ruled out for offside – and came off after having treatment.

And the World Cup winner was pictured leaving the ground on crutches by Belgian journalist Kristoff Terreur.

This could be a precautionary measure taken by the club but Chelsea fans will be hoping it does not lead to a lengthy Giroud absence as Maurizio Sarri could then be forced to start the unreliable Alvaro Morata up top.

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