Failed again. While Didier Deschamps expected to have all of his squad for the first training session in Doha on Thursday, he once again had to do without Karim Benzema (muscular discomfort) and Raphaël Varane (ischios) during Friday’s collective session according to information provided by L’Equipe. The duo was satisfied, as the day before, with specific work in the company of Cyril Moine, the physical trainer of the France team.
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Remember that Karim Benzema has not started a match since October 19, while Raphaël Varane has not played a single minute since October 22 and a thigh injury against Chelsea. Therefore, the chances of seeing them start against Australia are dwindling as time flies. For the Mancunian, the contract is clear: he will have to participate in a collective session before Sunday to claim tenure next Tuesday. He only has two trainings left.
Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane trained again separately this Friday in Doha.
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So far, coach and players have been very optimistic about the fate of the two executives of the France team. This Friday again, Adrien Rabiot recalled: “Karim is a special case. He is a very high level player, he knows how to manage himself. He doesn’t need much. It will be according to his personal feelings and in discussion with the coach.“But the facts are stubborn and the reality tough: four days before France – Australia, neither Benzema nor Varane is ready to hold their place for the moment.
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