Karim Benzema picked up an injury in France training today and limped off. The tests report showed a tear in his thigh, and the player is set to miss the World Cup, Fabrizio Romano confirmed.
The French striker was set to play his second-ever World Cup after being dropped form the national team for several years. Coming off an incredible 2021/22 campaign, he was one of the marquee players for the tournament, and the striker for inarguably one of the best teams.
This adds to France’s growing injury list, which initially started with Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante. Since then Mike Maignan, Presnel Kimpembe, and Christopher Nkunku have been sidelined as well.
Ben Yedder, Moussa Diaby and Martin Terrier are in contention to replace Benzema for France.
After playing virtually every single game available for Real Madrid last season, Benzema has been struggling with injuries this campaign, playing only seven games out of a possible 14 in the league.
And while he has not been at his level best through this season, he has still managed scored seven goals and assisted one.
Real Madrid’s academy breakout star was close to signing for Atletico in the past – report
Nico Paz has burst onto the scene at Real Madrid after his recent heroics. The youngster was long hyped as Castilla’s brightest upcoming star, and his performances in recent games prove why.
Paz was the hero when Los Blancos took on Napoli earlier this week. Coming off the bench, he netted Real Madrid’s winning goal with six minutes left on the clock, thus scoring his first-ever goal with the first team.
Turning the clock back
As revealed in a recent update by AS, Paz’s arrival at Real Madrid was by no means a simple operation. It was made possible only through rigorous scanning and profiling done by the clubs scouts in Tenerife.
The youngster, at the time, was the crown jewel of the youth team in Tenerife. He was only 11 years old when the administration established contact with his father, back in April 2016.
It was only then that Real Madrid was made aware of Atletico Madrid’s strong interest in signing the player.
Los Rojiblancos had already made an important offer, and it was thus only Real Madrid’s timely intervention and negotiation that secured Paz’s signing.
An interesting clause
Paz’s entourage were naturally thrilled by the interest from Real Madrid and possible transfer. However, they had one clause that they insisted be met.
The Argentine ace’s entourage insisted that, as opposed to staying in the club facilities, Paz would reside with his family who would move to Madrid with the player. They value the family nucleus dearly and wished to keep the player in his comfort zone outside of training.
Needless to say, the green light soon arrived and Real Madrid won the race of Atletico Madrid. The rest, as they say, is history.