There is “huge worry” around Karim Benzema’s World Cup participation after the French striker skipped his first full training session.
The Manchester United defender Raphael Varane and the Real Madrid forward had just started full training when the latter was forced to abandon the session owing to an injury.
It was gathered that Benzema ‘came out injured before the end of the session,’ and ‘concern is now high around the Real Madrid striker about his participation in the World Cup’.
Ballon d’Or 2022 winner Benzema has been struggling with injury all season, making just 12 out of a possible 21 appearances for Champions League winners Real Madrid.
The ailment has been a slight mystery though with it originally declared as ‘muscle fatigue’, but there was a conflicting view on the player’s fitness from club boss Carlo Ancelotti who said the medical team had given him the all-clear.