Didier Deschamps confirms Karim Benzema injury

Didier Deschamps confirms Karim Benzema injury


France boss Didier Deschamps has confirmed Karim Benzema picked up a hamstring injury in the friendly win over Armenia on Thursday evening.

Les Bleus continued their preparations for the European Championships next summer in France with a convincing 4-0 win. The Real Madrid striker netted twice for his country, having previously been on a run of just one goal in his last 12 matches for the 1998 World Cup winners.

Ahead of the game, Deschamps has said he had no intention of removing the striker after reports he was unhappy at being substituted in six of his last eight matches for Real. But his hand was forced in the 80th minute when Benzema hobbled off having picked up a knock.

Speaking to journalists after the match, Deschamps said it was a hamstring problem but wouldn’t reveal how serious it is.

“Benzema has felt some great discomfort behind the thigh, [that’s why] we take him off straight away. I hope that it is nothing serious but we don’t know yet,” he said.
Benzema is the leading scorer in La Liga this season with five goals, and netted in last weekend’s derby against Atletico de Madrid. Manager Rafa Benitez took him off in the second half as he looked to hold onto the slender 1-0 lead but the move backfired when Atletico equalised with just seven minutes left.