Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema is set to miss France’s first World Cup game in the coming days.
Karim Benzema is still not fully recovered, according to a report from RMC Sport, and he may miss France’s World Cup opener against Australia. This news comes amid much controversy surrounding Benzema’s injury.
Since almost a month ago, Benzema has been dealing with muscle pain and has missed several Real Madrid games in the run-up to the World Cup.
It gave rise to claims that the Frenchman was skipping games in order to reduce his risk of injury before the World Cup. The 34-year-old superstar, his manager Carlo Ancelotti, and a few of his teammates rejected those allegations, saying he wasn’t fully healthy to play.
Benzema’s health has been a major concern for France going into the tournament in Qatar, as they are already missing three of their key players in N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, and Presnel Kimpembe.
There is hope that Benzema will be ready for France’s match against Australia next week after he trained with the team on Thursday.
But according to RMC Sport, the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner is currently questionable for the match against the Socceroos, which is scheduled for November 22.
Even though Didier Deschamps has a wide range of attacking options, including Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Olivier Giroud, it will undoubtedly cause him some trouble.
France will be hoping that Benzema recovers in time to play against Australia as they try to defend the World Cup. He has had a fantastic 2022 for club and country.