Olivier Giroud has dominated the French offense in Benzema’s absence, netting four goals in five matches in Qatar.
Karim Benzema, a well-known Real Madrid star, may go to Qatar to rejoin the France team ahead of their World Cup final match vs Argentina on Sunday.
Benzema was forced to pull out from the World Cup after sustaining a thigh injury during a practice session in Qatar. His prospects of competing in the tournament looked to be lost when he returned to his home in Madrid to begin his recovery.
The 34-year-old was advised that his muscle injury would take three weeks to heal, and he left Doha expecting to be replaced on the team.
He was among many who missed the tournament due to injury, including Paul Pogba, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, N’Golo Kante, and Christopher Nkunku.
“I’ve never given up in my entire life, but today, like I always do, I have to think about the team,” he posted on Instagram at the time. “So reason tells me to sacrifice my spot to someone who can assist our side have a successful World Cup.”
On the eve of France’s first match with Australia, manager Didier Deschamps chose not to replace Benzema. Instead, in Qatar, he worked with 25 players rather than 26 and guided Les Bleus to the final match following a 2-0 victory against Morocco on Wednesday.
Benzema is still on the World Cup squad that FIFA has authorised. After several relaxation days and a holiday, the Ballon d’Or winner is resuming his full training with Real Madrid, and as reported by Mundo Deportivo, he may travel back to Qatar before the final.
It really is up to Deschamps now that Benzema apparently has clearance from Madrid to do so.
Following Morocco’s triumph, media questioned France’s manager about the possibility, but he stayed silent. “I’d want to go on to the next question,” he said.
Olivier Giroud has dominated the French attack in Benzema’s absence, scoring four goals in five matches in Qatar. The 36-year-old former Arsenal forward has surpassed Thierry Henry’s record for the most goals scored for his country.
On Sunday, he’ll most likely be reunited alongside Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, and Kylian Mbappe.