France head coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed he won’t be calling up one other striker to switch Karim Benzema.
Benzema suffered in damage throughout coaching on Saturday night which has now dominated the 34-year-old out of the whole World Cup, having simply recovered from one other damage in time to hitch the coaching session.
Deschamps has since confirmed to French outlet TF1 that Les Bleus will make do with the attacking choices they’ve, relatively than try to switch the Actual Madrid striker.
The damage to Benzema signifies that Deschamps will probably play Olivier Giroud as a central striker, counting on the previous Arsenal striker’s hold-up play and technical ability to play within the pacier Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.
Whereas France do have loads of attacking choices, with Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman ready within the wings, Benzema’s damage is one other spanner within the works for a workforce which has been beset by accidents within the run-up to the World Cup.
Presnel Kimpembe, N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba are just some of the opposite key gamers to overlook the event, whereas AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan was additionally pressured to withdraw.
France wish to turn out to be the primary workforce to retain the World Cup trophy since Brazil in 1962, and can hope that dropping their star striker on the eve of the competitors doesn’t maintain them again an excessive amount of.