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Karim Benzema, an absentee so present.
Arrived on one leg at the gathering of the France team, the 34-year-old Ballon d'Or hoped to jump on the bandwagon, like Raphaël Varane.
Alas, on November 19, his thigh gave way.
Hit in the quadriceps of the left thigh in training and victim of a "
right femoral lesion
", the Real Madrid and Blues striker was forced to forfeit the World Cup.
"I am extremely sad for Karim, who had made this World Cup a major objective
," lamented Didier Deschamps.
Since then, life has resumed, Olivier Giroud is piling up the goals, the Blues are in the final.
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And Benzema… back in training with Real Madrid.
And even a little more than that since, according to various sources, he participated in a two-30 minute opposition against Leganés at Valdebebas on Thursday, just like David Alaba or Toni Kroos!
And this while rumors from Spain have reported a somewhat hasty diagnosis of the tricolor staff.
The question of a potential return of Karim Benzema within the group has been asked several times, to certain players like Ousmane Dembélé this Friday, and of course to Deschamps: "
You are looking for stuff... It's not something that occupies my mind.
You know the situation.
Journalists in the viewfinder?
Never mind, the former Lyonnais still congratulated his comrades during the victory over England (2-1) in the quarter-finals after a deafening silence for long days: "
Come on guys, again two games, we're almost there.
The silence, he broke it again, still on social networks.
This time, with a… enigmatic message.
It doesn't interest me
No more no less.
Is he talking about the France team?
Does he refer to the information published in
Our colleagues report, among other things, that "
the relationship will never be complicit (with Didier Deschamps), given the background
", adding that the coach "
did not fail to note
" that Benzema "did
not thank him during his delivery
"of his Ballon d'Or.
The sports daily adds that the person concerned "
does not only have fans in the locker room and that the atmosphere has not suffered from his absence in Qatar.
To see if “KB9” will make the trip to Lusail to attend, in the stands, the final against Argentina, Sunday (4 p.m.).
A priori, Real is OK.