Giroud expected to be fit for Aust clash

Julien Pretot
France's Olivier Giroud suffered a cut to his head against the US but is expected to face Australia

Olivier Giroud should be fit to play France's World Cup opening game against Australia after leaving the pitch with a bloodied forehead in their 1-1 draw against the United States.

Coach Didier Deschamps added that midfielder Paul Pogba, whose performances have been under par during the warm-up matches, was also 'very likely' to start Les Bleus' first game in Group C on Saturday.

They then take on Peru and Denmark.

Giroud has 'a beautiful cut of six centimetres but he should be ready," Deschamps told TF1 on Sunday.