Karim Benzema, still muscularly embarrassed in the left thigh, will not play Real Madrid’s last meeting before the start of the World Cup, against Cadiz, Thursday evening (9:30 p.m.). Carlo Ancelotti, his trainer, yet optimistic on Sunday about his presence, confirmed this Wednesday at noon at a press conference: “He tried but wasn’t able to recover from his muscle discomfort, although it’s not much. »
The French international, who has not taken part in collective training since last Friday, and has since been content with individual work in the gym, has however been dragging this injury since last October 20. He will miss his second consecutive game and his ninth with Real since the start of the season. Above all, apart from twenty-eight short minutes of play against Celtic Glasgow, a week ago, it has been three weeks since the recent Ballon d’Or did not play a match in its entirety.
“If he didn’t train collectively, he did it individually and never completely stopped. »
In Madrid, the feeling that Benzema has saved himself for the World Cup to the detriment of his club continues to grow. “It’s nonsense and I don’t believe it for a secondretorted Ancelotti. The first disappointed by this situation is Karim because he will compete in the World Cup as a Ballon d’Or without rhythm and without the necessary minutes in the legs to be in good condition. After that, it’s not a serious problem. And if he didn’t train collectively, he did individually and never completely stopped. »
A few hours before the announcement (8 p.m.) of Didier Deschamps’ list for the World Cup, the Madrid coach does not doubt, in any case, for a moment Benzema’s presence in Qatar. Like the interested party, obviously. “He never worried about his participation in the World Cuprevealed the Italian. He had fully recovered from his first injury against Celtic (to the right thigh, September 6) and his last two muscular discomforts, honestly, it’s really not much. He never thought he was going to miss the World Cup. »
Tchouaméni “is in the process of regaining his feelings”
Carlo Ancelotti also spoke about the state of form and the performance of another French international from Real Madrid: Aurélien Tchouaméni, back on the pitch since Monday, after a week’s absence due to tendonitis. “He has lacked consistency lately. His injury has slowed his progress but he is recovering his feelingssaid the Italian. Like all young players, he still has to learn and improve, especially in his placement. And it’s true that we haven’t seen the same Tchouaméni with or without (Toni) Kroos. The presence of Kroos by his side helps and reassures him, and he is not the same player. »