WORLD CUP 2022 – Karim Benzema absent again, should we worry about the Blues striker?

A short walk across the meadow and then back to the infirmary. Less than two weeks before the start of the World Cup, Karim Benzema’s situation raises some questions. After missing three games due to thigh discomfort, the Real Madrid and France striker returned to the pitch this Wednesday in the Champions League against Celtic Glasgow. But although he could have continued in the league on Monday against Rayo Vallecano, the French striker was again announced absent by his coach.

The reason given? Same as for previous missed meetings. Still the same discomfort in the left thigh. “Tomorrow (Monday) he will not play because the sensations are not good, he trained on Friday, he looked good and then he struggled a bit, so he will not be available.” announced Madrid tactician Carlo Ancelotti.

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So should we worry about his presence in Qatar with the Blues or is it still too early? Against Celtic, Karim Benzema made a rather reassuring comeback. Well on his feet, the 9 from Madrid even had a few chances during the half hour of play to which he was entitled. Somewhat blurred parameters since the announcement of his withdrawal for the match against Rayo Vallecano.

“He (Benzema) has had two or three failures this season, but he is no longer a child, he is 34 years old, he takes great care of his body. Carlo Ancelotti explained before the game against Celtic. But sometimes you are not available. This has nothing to do with the proximity of the World Cup. To do well in the World Cup, a player has to play to stay fit.”

a rocky season

As in recent weeks, the start of the 2022 Ballon d’Or season has not been direct. A muscle injury had already sidelined him for five official games in September, before he returned to the infirmary at the beginning of October for a league game.

In total between club and national team, the Barça striker has missed 10 games of the 26 he could have played this season. However, his effectiveness does not seem to have been altered. In seven games played in the Spanish league, Karim Benzema has scored 5 goals. Although he has not made any opportunity in the Champions League (yet).

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But a few days before a deadline as important as a World Cup, even more so when the 2018 coronation has eluded you, is it better to be sure of your physical condition before playing again, or to accumulate minutes, if the body can continue?

For now, we can only point to a new absence of Karim Benzema, but also his presence on the pitch last week. So, between worry and hope, each one will make their own decision. One thing is certain, Didier Deschamps’ list will drop on Wednesday (8pm). And now, KB9’s last chance to play before the World Cup is for Thursday and an opposition against Cádiz, in LaLiga.

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