[Mis à jour le 19 novembre 2022 à 21h22] The training of the French team on Saturday evening in Doha, three days before the entry into the running of the Blues on Tuesday against Australia, was to mark a rise in power with the highly anticipated return of Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane to collective training, after several days away marked by treatments and exercises aimed at getting them back on their feet and reassuring them before the first match. Alas, it turned to disaster since Karim Benzema, the star scorer of the Blues, recent Ballon d’Or 2022, was injured and had to leave the session hastily.
A muscle injury that leaves little chance of recovery
The verdict seems serious with a muscular injury announced by several media present on the spot including the newspaper L’Equipe which evokes “a sharp muscular pain in the left quadriceps”. It is therefore not a relapse of the initial injury of Karim Benzema, who had hardly played in competition with the real Madrid since more than a month. An MRI must be carried out in the evening Saturday evening but the hour is well with the concern in the blue staff. Karim Benzema’s injury and lack of increased rhythm leave no doubt about the Madrid striker’s withdrawal for the first meeting of the group stage this Tuesday, November 22, 2022 against Australia. Can he be reinstated for the other two group matches against Denmark on November 26 and Tunisia on November 30? The option seems very optimistic and we are heading towards a package for Karim Benzema, who would thus be deprived of a second World Cup, he who had reached the quarter-finals with the Blues in 2014 in Brazil before being dismissed. ahead of Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.
A player called urgently by Monday?
In the event of Karim Benzema’s package, Didier Deschamps can call a replacement up to 24 hours before the first match, i.e. until Monday 8 p.m. in order to complete his group. Already at the beginning of the week, the coach had finally chosen to call on a 26th player to complete his initial list of 25 players and had opted for an attacker, the player from Mönchengladbach Marcus Thuram. Christopher Nkunku’s withdrawal from injury in training on Monday night led ‘DD’ to call up Randal Kolo Muani, another striker.