French team – EdF: Karim Benzema KO, Deschamps’ plan explodes in flight

All eyes have been on Karim Benzema since the Blues landed in Qatar. The health of the French striker worries and disrupts the plans of Didier Deschamps.

Despite appreciable conditions in Qatar, Didier Deschamps is not happy. The World Cup has not yet started, but the glitches follow one another, like Christopher Nkunku’s final withdrawal after the first training session at Clairefontaine. Now in Doha, the Blues see Raphaël Varane and especially Karim Benzema dragging their feet. This Thursday’s session could not be completed by the former and current Madrid player, and the French staff are now talking about a return to full training for Saturday or Sunday as far as the Ballon d’Or is concerned. . His absence from the starting XI for the match against Australia is now openly mentioned for a player who played only 26 minutes in November, and has not played a full game since October 19. A month of small persistent muscle glitches in this left leg which prevents it from being operational for the moment.

A heavy situation because it does not allow the tricolor group to fully concentrate on the start of the competition, and sees the attention of Didier Deschamps focusing more on medical issues than on the game. A scenario that the coach absolutely wanted to avoid . According to L’Equipe, the world champion had a specific plan, and absolutely wanted all his players to be operational for the first training session in Qatar. It’s already failed and the situation of Karim Benzema is a source of concern for the Blues.

Everything Deschamps didn’t want to see

This is confirmed by Sébastien Tarrago, journalist on La Chaine L’Equipe. ” Internally we are starting to really worry. We are not at all sure that they will participate in collective training on Friday. Everything that Didier Deschamps said he didn’t want to happen is happening. He did not want a preparation where the majors are not ready. At the moment, people internally are worried”, delivered the reporter present in Qatar, and for whom the presence of Karim Benzema in the first match is seriously questioned. The staff of the France team hope in any case that time will play in favor of his Ballon d’Or, even if the fear that this muscular problem which he has been dragging around for weeks now will not be resolved still weighs on the shadow of a longer absence that would completely upset the landscape of the Blues in Qatar.

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