What’s going on with Karim Benzema?

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Five days before their move to the World Cup against Australia, the 26 Blues discovered the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium on Thursday, the Al Sadd club’s hangout, where around 400 supporters, mainly guests of the French High School Bonaparte from Doha, attended Guest were able to appreciate the first steps of Didier Deschamps’ men. As reigning world champions and placed in Group D alongside Denmark, Tunisia and therefore Australia, the French team will be keen to get off to the best possible start in this prestigious competition. In the meantime, it’s still the physical form that’s being questioned within the France group.

After Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Mike Maignan, Presnel Kimpembe and most recently Christopher Nkunku, all packages, Karim Benzema’s health is starting to raise serious questions. As a reminder, the 2022 Ballon d’Or, who injured his left leg’s quadriceps playing the Merengues, has not played a game since November 2 and that game against Celtic. However, the tricolor striker (97 caps, 37 goals), who has been training away from home since arriving at the Blues, is making sure everything is in order.

Karim Benzema trained separately (again)…

“I’m fine. I was in slight pain but no tears or major injuries. I could play but not 100%. It wasn’t about taking risks or not taking risks, it was just that I wasn’t 100%. I’ve only had a little discomfort. Since then I’ve worked well in the gym. I’ve run, I’ve lay down, so it’s fine.”reiterated in this sense the Madrid striker in an interview with The channel The team. Yes, but now, since that rather reassuring outing, the 34-year-old from Lyon has still not attended a full collective session.

After Benzema practiced for fifteen minutes in training before going inside with a member of the French staff last Tuesday without knowing if this shortened session was planned or not, Benzema again passed most of the training this Thursday, the first since the arrival of the Blues in Qatar alongside the group. KB9 was present with the other teammates at the start of the session and eventually joined Raphaël Varane for a more individual race work with the Blues’ fitness coach.

His new team-mate at Real, Aurélien Tchouameni, was also reassured about his partner’s state of health at a press conference this Thursday: “If he didn’t play it was because he wasn’t 100%. In France and in Madrid, everyone respects that. Its physics? He’s not worried. He has a lot of experience, he knows his body. When he didn’t play, it was because he didn’t feel like he could help the team. When he’s ready, he’ll play.”, launched as such the former Monegasque. It remains to be seen when Didier Deschamps will really be able to use his offensive weapon. Against Australia? Against Denmark? Later ? As we write these lines, nothing is certain and questions remain unanswered…

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