Terrible blow for Benzema?


By: Manu Tournoux

Hit in the back, Karim Benzema is uncertain for the Club World Cup, which begins this Tuesday for Al-Ittihad.

Bad news in sight for Karim Benzema. Victim of back pain in the pelvic muscle, the 35-year-old French striker has not played with Al-Ittihad since November 30. In short, the 2022 Ballon d’Or missed his team’s last two meetings. And while the latter is preparing to enter the competition in the Club World Cup, KB9 could be missing, according to daily information The Team.

While Al-Ittihad faces the New Zealand club Aukland City this Tuesday (7 p.m.) in Jeddah, the presence of Karim Benzema remains uncertain. A potential absence which would inevitably be a big blow for the reigning Saudi Arabian champions, who will face the Egyptian club Al-Ahly in the quarter-finals if they qualify. Note that his compatriot and teammate in the Saudi team based in Riyadh, N’Golo Kanté, should be present, he who has just come out of three weeks of convalescence due to a muscular injury.

As a reminder, Karim Benzema won the Club World Cup last February with Real Madrid. He has even won the tournament five times during his career (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2022), each time with the White House.

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