Apparently Karim Benzema has recovered faster than expected from the injury that meant him out of the World Cup. He may even return to the France squad.
It feels like there are significantly more star players injured before the current World Cup than was the case in the last tournaments. One failure that drew more attention than most was that of Karim Benzema.
If the attacker had just won the Ballon d'Or, he had to tick off the World Cup dream. At the same time, France has to do without the set center forward, who should do his part to make the weeks as successful as possible.
But apparently the topic has not yet been finally ticked off. Several media sources in Spain have reported that his rehabilitation seems to have progressed much faster and better than initially expected. The French outlet RMC Sport also reports that Benzema could possibly celebrate a lightning comeback to the World Cup.
It is said that the 34-year-old has already put his injury behind him. So he would be fit and ready to play again in a timely manner.
Accordingly, the big question: should the attacker even return to the squad in the middle of the tournament?
The answer is yes. According to FIFA rules, a squad return would be possible because Benzema originally belonged to that squad as well. If he is actually ready for action again, it would be up to Didier Deschamps. The national coach could call him back into the team and use him in the other games.
With France already qualified for the finals, there will be at least two more games left - if not more. So from a time perspective, the comeback would still be worth it.
This article was originally published on 90min.de as a lightning comeback and squad return for Benzema? released.