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Benzema’s return to France’s World Cup camp never under consideration – report

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Last night, reports emerged claiming that Real Madrid and France superstar Karim Benzema was close to recovering from the hip injury that forced him out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Considering that France manager Didier Deschamps did not replace the 34-year-old following his injury and the fact that he still remains on the squad list, it gave way to speculations that the Real Madrid ace could potentially return to the World Cup camp should he regain full fitness.

However, according to the latest update from journalist Saber Desfarges of Telefoot, Benzema’s return to France’s World Cup camp has never been under consideration.

Instead, the striker has flown to the Reunion Islands for a small vacation and rest, following which he will return to Madrid to rejoin training ahead of the resumption of the second half of the 2022/23 season.

Benzema has been unfortunate with injury and fitness issues this season. Heading into the World Cup, he was struggling with muscular discomfort which led to him missing several matches for Real Madrid.

While that issues seemed behind him, the 34-year-old striker picked up a fresh injury that forced him out of the supershow in Qatar.

Despite recent indications that he is close to returning to full fitness, as things stand, there are no plans for Benzema to rejoin France in their World Cup journey in Doha.

The focus, hence, will likely be on regaining full fitness before Real Madrid resume the defence of their La Liga title with an away game against Real Valladolid on December 30.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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