RMC Sport report that Karim Benzema (34) could theoretically rejoin France’s World Cup squad in Qatar, after it was reported in the Spanish press that the Real Madrid forward had already recovered from the injury that had seemingly ruled him out of the tournament.
Benzema was forced to withdraw from Didier Deschamps’ squad before Les Bleus’ first game against Australia. The Ballon d’Or winner had been struggling for fitness prior to the tournament but suffered an unrelated injury upon his return to collective training.
However, Benzema seems to have recovered quicker than first thought. According to numerous Spanish media, including Onda Madrid, the Real Madrid forward could return to training this midweek. Benzema’s World Cup dream may still be alive just yet. According to FIFA rules, Benzema can return to the France squad and compete in the remainder of the tournament as he was included in the initial squad.
Ultimately, the decision will rest with manager Deschamps. Regardless of his reintegration, Benzema would receive a winners medal should France defend their World Cup title. FIFA confirmed to RMC Sport that should Les Bleus’ win the final, set to be held on 18th December, 26 medals would be given out, a number that corresponds with the size of France’s squad prior to Benzema’s departure.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle