Karim Benzema, whose participation in the FIFA World Cup 2022 was initially ruled out due to an injury, has a chance to make a remarkable comeback for the France side during the competition.
Didier Deschamps‘ squad will be playing in Qatar in the hopes of making France the first country to successfully defend the World Cup since Brazil in 1962. Brazil was the last nation to accomplish this feat. The team has decided to include Benzema on their roster.
Following a lengthy absence from the national team’s competitions, Les Bleus likely had high hopes that the reigning Ballon d’Or winner would play a key role for France in the World Cup.
However, he was initially transferred out of the tournament because of a problem with his thighs, which caused him a lot of discomfort. Despite the withdrawals of Benzema and RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku, the reigning World Cup champions have a plethora of options available to them in the attacking third.
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Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman, and Marcus Thuram are members of their team in Qatar. Mbappe scored twice to lead France to a 2-1 victory against Denmark and advance to the knockout rounds of the tournament in Qatar.
The victory for Les Bleus came on Saturday night courtesy of a goal from Paris Saint-Germain, which was sandwiched between two headers by Andreas Christensen.
Mbappe, who had previously scored in France’s 4-1 triumph against Australia in the tournament’s first game earlier this week, was voted Man of the Match for his effort and received the award as a result of his performance.
Olivier Giroud, who is currently just one goal away from being France’s all-time leading scorer, and the forward for PSG have worked effectively together in attack.
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However, it has been reported that Benzema might perhaps play for France once again if he resumes full-time training with Real Madrid this week. It’s even possible that he could be fit enough to play for his team in the knockout rounds of the World Cup.
According to regulations of FIFA, players who had been selected for the tournament squad but were later ruled out are eligible to rejoin their teams if they make a full recovery from their ailments.
The decision would eventually be made by France’s manager, Didier Deschamps, as well as Benzema himself if the latter believes he is in a suitable physical condition to compete.
France has officially qualified for the Round of 16 after their victories against Australia and Denmark. However, they still have one encounter left against Tunisia in their group, and it is likely that they will switch up their starting lineup for that match.