France dealt mixed Karim Benzema injury update ahead of Euro 2020 opener with Germany

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Karim Benzema has not been passed fit to train with France after limping off during their Euro 2020 warm-up match with Bulgaria.

But the latest indications are that he is recovering well from the knock and may be available to face Germany in Les Bleus' first group-stage game on Tuesday.

France boss Didier Deschamps suffered a major scare as Benzema limped off in the first half of the friendly on Tuesday evening after motioning to the bench.

The Real Madrid striker only returned international scene last week after a five-year absence from Deschamps' squads, but the knock sustained against Bulgaria threatened to derail his involvement at Euro 2020.

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While he was not able to train with the team on Wednesday, French outlet RMC Sport claims Benzema is in a much better condition than he was on Tuesday.

The report claims a swollen muscle on his right leg deflated significantly overnight and the 33-year-old's pain has also subsided.

Deschamps was confident the injury was not serious in the wake of the incident and told reporters: "He (Benzema) took a good hit on the muscle above the knee.

"He stopped playing because he felt it hardening but the medical staff are at his side.

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"We have a high-level medical staff, we are going to do the right thing. It will get better day by day. I have no particular concern this evening. There is nothing dramatic."

On the nature of the injury, Deschamps added: "He suffered a blow to the inside of the knee and the muscle above the knee, I don’t know how you call it.

"He felt stiffness in the muscle and we did not want to take risks, so this is why he left the pitch."

Should Deschamps start Benzema or Giroud against Germany? Have your say in the comments.

Benzema's replacement, Olivier Giroud, made the most of his introduction and struck twice in the closing stages to stake his claim for a start against Germany

Les Bleus also face Hungary and Portugal in their remaining Group F fixtures as they look to add the European Championship to their World Cup crown.

Reflecting on his brace from the bench, Giroud told French TV channel M6 : "It made some of my friends laugh, because they call me that, the phoenix from Grenoble.

"It is a compliment because it means that no matter the circumstances, I don’t give up. When I am called upon, the most important thing is to get the job done.

"I had a couple of good passes from my colleagues. They know where I make my movements towards and I just needed to finish well."

Giroud, 34, has scored 46 goals in 108 appearances for France, while Benzema's tally stands at 27 goals in 83 games for his country.

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