The Real Madrid striker will have to undergo tests and the press in his country questions whether he will have time to recover. The world champion, in trouble.
Karim Benzema, who withdrew injured this Saturday from training with the French team, will undergo medical examinations throughout the afternoon to determine the nature and severity of his injury, reported a source close to Les Bleus, who are making their debut at the World Cup on Tuesday against Australia in their defense of the title obtained in Russia 2018.
The striker of Real Madrid, injured since October in a thighparticipated this Saturday in his first collective session since the start of the concentration of the Bleus, on Monday in Clairefontaine.
In case of withdrawal, Didier Deschamps can replace the player until Monday, the eve of his entry into the fray in Qatar.
Since he received the Ballon d’Or on October 17 in Paris, Benzema, 34 years old. he has only played one full game against Elche two days later. On October 22, Real Madrid announced that his goalscorer was suffering from “muscular fatigue in the quadriceps of his left leg” and since then he has only played a few minutes against Celtic in Glasgow on November 2.
The coach Didier Deschamps knows that one of his stars has only appeared in twelve games since August. In comparison, they are ten games less than his partner in attack Kylian Mbappé.
Benzema could accuse this lack of competition rhythm. “It’s clear that it’s better when you can chain matches, but Karim is a separate case, because he’s less of a problem for a forward than for a midfielder,” player Adrien Rabiot said on Friday. “He is a top player and he knows how to manage himself,” he added.
Another member of the French squad, the Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez, also wanted to downplay the situation of Benzema, and also defender Raphaël Varane, who also has physical problems: “If they don’t arrive on time (to play against the ‘Socceroos ‘), we have a fantastic group, with players who are starters at big clubs”.
The world champion is, perhaps, the team with the highest number of casualties for this World Cup event.
Forward Christopher Nkunku injured his knee in training on Tuesday, has torn ligaments and will not be available for several months. But before reaching Arab lands, Lionel Messi’s teammate at PSG, Prensnel Kimbembe, withdrew from the championship for not recovering from an Achilles tendon injury. Thus, he joined the list that already included N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba, who will not be in Qatar.
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