Didier Deschamps refuses to confirm Benzema’s potential return to the World Cup

Benzema's return to the World Cup
Didier Deschamps has avoided commenting on the possibility of Karim Benzema returning to join the France team for the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Despite fitness concerns, the 34-year-old was named in the France’s 26-man squad for the World cup. He was able to join full training before the defending champions’ first match against Australia but sustained a thigh injury which forced him to withdraw from the France squad. Despite this, Deschamps did not call up a replacement for the French striker.

With scans putting his recovery time at around three weeks, there was always a chance he returned assuming France remain in the competition. Reports suggest that his recovery process has been going better than expected and there is a chance he returns to join the squad.

“It’s not something I’m thinking about now. I spoke to Benzema after he left the training camp. I leave it to you if you want to have a debate about it. The thought hasn’t crossed my mind,” Deschamps told reporters on Tuesday.

France have already secured qualification for the Round of 16 after winning their first two matches despite the injury problems they suffered prior to the competition. Apart from Benzema, France had to go into this competition without the likes of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe, Mike Maignan, and Christopher Nkunku.

France face Tunisia in their final group game later in the week as they look to seal nine points from the group stages.

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