The French team has already called 26 of its players for the World Cup at its official residence in Fontainebleau in Qatar. Karim Benzema was one of those reported this Monday and ‘9’ greeted the press and the gala fans in perfect physical conditionWithout difficulty walking or anything related to the alleged physical problems that have prevented him from playing for Real Madrid in recent weeks.
The 35-year-old last played 90 minutes against Elche on 19 October. Since then, he has barely been seen in the final leg of the Champions League clash against Celtic Glasgow on 2 November. The Frenchman assured in an interview with ‘Telefoot’ that he was not 100% And, therefore, he chose not to play in the last two weeks, anticipating some major muscle complication.
“I could play but you can’t be at 100% and I want to be at 100% when I enter the field. I’ve done a good job physically, so don’t worry”, confirmed the French half to the striker. In this sense, Karim blamed the complex European calendar for his muscle fatigue. “We love to play football, everybody loves to play football and it never stops. The problem is we are not machines, You always have to be 100% and play every day, it is logical that injuries happen”, he said.
Benzema joined the concentration of ‘Les Bleus’ alongside his teammates in Madrid, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurélien Tchoumeny. In theory, the ‘9’ would have no problem starting against Australia at the Al Wakrah Stadium from next TuesdayWith which it is confirmed that, if he refrained from playing with Madrid, it was entirely due to his fear of what would be his third World Cup after his forced absence in Russia 2018 for non-sporting reasons. .
Deschamps rules out ‘Plan B’ for Benzema
On the first day of training, Didier Deschamps spoke to the local press and was asked about Benzema’s physical condition. regarding attendance Marcus Thurmy Listed at 26, the coach denied it was ‘Plan B’ as Karim is injured. “I had the idea of picking 26 players in my mind and decided to wait for the games over the weekend to have a clear picture of the squad I am going to pick. Since then, I decided to call him, but his call has nothing to do with Benzema or any other player.”explained Deschamps, who is confident the ‘9’ and Real Madrid captain will be at his best in Qatar.