The carnage continues in the Blues

Karim Benzema on the airfield at Le Bourget Airport in the Paris area ahead of the French team’s flight to Qatar this Wednesday, November 16, six days before its start in the 2022 World Cup against Australia. Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

We remember the soap opera around Zinedine Zidane’s thigh in 2002, will we be eligible for rehab with the rehab of Karim Benzema? After only 26 minutes on the pitch since October 19 and missing 11 games since the start of the season, the newly appointed Ballon d’Or has become increasingly concerned about his health. On Tuesday, during the last training session at Clairefontaine before flying to Doha, the Madrid striker had to leave his teammates after just 25 minutes of training.

If he and the BLU staff assure that “everything is fine,” this over-caution shows that there really is a wolf somewhere. Which throws a new layer of insecurity at the tricolor workforce, who had to say goodbye to one of their own that same day. Yesterday, as they took off from Le Bourget, shortly after 10:30, they no doubt had emotional thoughts about Christopher Nkunku. The current top scorer in the German league on Tuesday evening suffered a sprained left knee after contact with Eduardo Camavinga and was forced to lose the entire competition.

Varan also saved

After Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Prenel Kimpembe and Mike Maignan, who also surrendered, the slaughter of world champions continues. Coach Didier Deschamps has decided to call forward Randal Kolo Muani to Frankfurt to join the Blues on Thursday morning in Doha.

The former Nantes player has taken advantage of the flexibility of FIFA rules, which allow changes to the official list of players called up for a serious injury until the day before the start of the competition against Australia on Tuesday 22 November. . At 23, he’s been on a meteoric rise with eight goals so far this season, though he was still playing for the National with Boulogne-sur-Mer in the 2019-2020 season.

Despite this avalanche of injuries and uncertainties, the Blues should quickly dive into the competition. At the end of the day, they will check into the Al-Messila Hotel, west of the city centre, a five-star oasis of tranquility appreciated by the staff for its tranquility and green spaces.

However, there is no rest for the medical staff who have been closely following the recovery of defense leader Rafael Varane, who was also diagnosed with a hip within two weeks and was absent from collective classes until that moment.

The history of the bandage

The physical condition of the troops is not the only hot spot at the start of the rally. The Blues have been working on the one hand to draft a future convention governing the use of their image rights, which has been a point of tension since the spring.

And they were called upon, on the other hand, to take a stand on host country disputes directed by NGOs to its human rights management, in particular at the construction sites of the World Cup.

Will the criticism be extinguished by the Blues’ pledge on Tuesday to provide financial support to NGOs working “in defense of human rights” by casually recalling their “commitment” to “non-discrimination of any kind”?

Nothing is less clear, especially after the latest media coverage of goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris. The latter suggested at a press conference the fact of “maintaining attention to the game and avoiding wasting energy on these elements, which, unfortunately, are not the responsibility” of the players, and expressed a desire to “respect the rules and culture” of Qatar. .

A reaction to the emergence of a categorical refusal to wear an armband with colored ribbons (a form of support for LGBTQ rights), which will be worn by the captains of several European selections in addition to the American one. This statement did not fail to cringe on the part of human rights NGOs, who considered it “unacceptable” to reduce homophobia to a mere “cultural trait”. Homosexual activity is still strictly prohibited in the emirate and punishable by jail time (even if tolerance is shown during the competition, according to reports sent out by the Qatari authorities).

Similarly, the initiative is embarrassing in the extreme by FIFA, which has still not given the go-ahead four days before the start of the tournament. If the world football corps continues to urge players to “focus on the game”, then this already hundredth start of the controversy demonstrates once again that talking about a round ball, approaching this world cup that will be kicked is still just as hard a day off in three days. Sunday, November 20 at 18:00, on the lawn of the Al-Beit Stadium, on the outskirts of the capital.

Source: L Orient Le Jour

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