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Griezmann and Benzema fit to play Euro's clash against Germany

Sun 13 June 2021 | 16:02

Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema suffered injuries against Bulgaria, but they are both expected to face Germany on Tuesday.

According to Didier Deschamps,

Antoine Griezmann

and

Karim Benzema

are fit enough to play in France's

Euro 2020

debut against Germany. 

Griezmann suffered a calf injury in France's 3-0 warm-up win against Bulgaria on Tuesday, while Benzema departed the field with a dead leg before halftime. 

Both players, though, participated in full training on Saturday, and Deschamps intends to have a completely healthy team to pick from when the Allianz Arena hosts the match on Tuesday.

Deschamps was asked whether Griezmann and Benzema will be available against Germany; he said:

"Yes, it looks like it. Everyone took part in yesterday's training session.

"We have two sessions left before the game, and there shouldn't be any problems."

Griezmann's recovery is a significant boost for France, as the Barcelona striker has netted four goals against Germany, more than any other side. 

Over the previous two international competitions, he has been personally involved in more goals (14) than any other European player — 10 goals and four assists in 14 games at Euro 2016 and the World Cup in 2018. 

Benzema, who had been out of the national squad for nearly six years before being recalled this month, did not play in either tournament for Les Blues.

In a recent 3-0 friendly victory over Wales, the Los Blancos forward made his first appearance for the world champions in five years and 237 days, missing a penalty kick. 

Benzema's third penalty failure in a row for his country, having also missed against Switzerland and Sweden in 2014, and he only lasted 41 minutes against Bulgaria before coming off. 

On the other hand, Benzema is poised to start against Germany on Tuesday's crucial

Group F

match in Bavaria.

"If I resumed training with the squad yesterday it means I've got nothing amiss, no pain," the 33-year-old told TF1.

"Physically I feel good as I was training indoors, so I'm 100 percent."

France and Germany have faced five times in major tournaments, with both sides winning two games each and drawing once.

 


source: SportMob