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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema takes rehab to French island

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema expects to be fit for the resumption of the LaLiga.

The French forward has jetted off for a few days of rest and recuperation on the French island of Réunion, which lies in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 700 kilometres from the eastern coast of Madagascar.

The Real Madrid striker is steadily stepping up his recovery from injury and everything points to Los Blancos being able to call upon his services in their first game back after the World Cup, a match at Real Valladolid on 30 December.

There had been speculation in the last few days that Benzema could link back up with the France roster in Qatar, given that head coach Didier Deschamps didn't call up a replacement for him and he remains one of the 26 registered players. Benzema tore a muscle in his thigh in training on 19 November, which is expected to keep him out of action for a total of three weeks.

With Benzema being quickly ruled out of the tournament, Deschamps had the opportunity to replace him on his roster but chose not to, fuelling rumours that he may look to bring the Ballon d'Or winner back in later in the knockout stages.

But Deschamps appeared to rule that out when asked in a press conference on Tuesday: “I spoke with Benzema after he left the camp. After that, I don't know what you're trying to tell me with that question. I'm in charge of the 24 that are here, nobody else."



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