Karim Benzema is out for revenge and has been planning his comeback for weeks after missing the World Cup through injury.
The Real Madrid striker had been called up to France's 26-man squad but was sidelined by injury and forced to withdraw from the World Cup. His agent recently criticized France coach Didier Deschamps, claiming Benzema could have played a role in the knockout stages.
Benzema was crowned the 2022 Ballon d'Or winner after a sensational last season in which he led Real Madrid to national and European glory with scores of goals.
But the 2022/23 season has been a mixed bag so far as the Frenchman has been plagued by injury problems. As reported by AS, Benzema has overcome his injuries and muscle fatigue and is now training without pain for the first time in three months. The 35-year-old is "highly motivated" to take "revenge" with Real for the disappointment at the World Cup.
This season, Benzema has failed to score in the Champions League group stage for the first time since 2008. However, the frustration over his injury woes linked to his departure from Qatar gave him great motivation ahead of his return to Real.
Benzema previously missed out on the Bleus triumph in 2018 and only returned to the national team in 2021 after a six-year exile, but has ended his international career following his recent disappointment. Now he wants to focus fully on Real Madrid.
This article was originally published on 90min.com/de as Karim Benzema highly motivated after missing the World Cup and published on "Revanche".