Karim Benzema is an important player for both Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti and France coach Didier Deschamps, who allowed the striker four days free before he had to join up with Les Bleus for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
Deschamps chose to rest Benzema from the conclusion of Real Madrid’s encounter against Rayo Vallecano, in which he scored, until Thursday. The 33-year-old has been suffering from minor niggles in his past few outings for Los Blancos.
Given Benzema’s lack of rest at Real Madrid, as well as the fact that he was carrying the aforementioned injury against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and three days later against Rayo, Deschamps chose to look after his striker and permitted him to join the team late.
Benzema will be eligible to participate in France’s encounter against Kazakhstan on Saturday night at the Parc des Princes, followed by a trip to Finland on Tuesday night.
Scared of Pogba
Given Paul Pogba’s injury during Tuesday’s training session, it may have been a blessing in disguise for Deschamps and Ancelotti that Benzema was not required to join the France team on time.
Only Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, and David Alaba have played more minutes for Real Madrid this season than Benzema.
He only missed the game against Elche due to an injury, and he has 14 goals and eight assists in 15 appearances this season.