World Cup - France

France opt against calling up replacement for Karim Benzema

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Deschamps is planning for life without Benzema
Deschamps is planning for life without Benzema / BERTRAND GUAY/GettyImages
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France head coach Didier Deschamps has confirmed he will not be calling up another striker to replace Karim Benzema.

Benzema suffered in injury during training on Saturday evening which has now ruled the 34-year-old out of the entire World Cup, having just recovered from another injury in time to join the training session.

Deschamps has since confirmed to French outlet TF1 that Les Bleus will make do with the attacking options they have, rather than attempt to replace the Real Madrid striker.

The injury to Benzema means that Deschamps will most likely play Olivier Giroud as a central striker, relying on the former Arsenal striker's hold-up play and technical skill to play in the pacier Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.


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While France do have plenty of attacking options, with Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman waiting in the wings, Benzema's injury is another spanner in the works for a team which has been beset by injuries in the run-up to the World Cup.

Presnel Kimpembe, N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba are just a few of the other key players to miss the tournament, while AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan was also forced to withdraw.

France are looking to become the first team to retain the World Cup trophy since Brazil in 1962, and will hope that losing their star striker on the eve of the competition does not hold them back too much.

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