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France: Camavinga plays down Benzema worries ahead of Australia clash

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The Ballon d’Or winner had to leave France’s camp with an injury.

Eduardo Camavinga believes France have enough quality to fight for the World Cup title without Karim Benzema.

Benzema hoped to come back in time for the World Cup after participating in team training on Saturday. 

However, he had to leave the pitch with a thigh problem that ruled him out of the tournament. Benzema’s absence will most likely result in lineup changes by Didier Deschamps, with Camavinga believing Kylian Mbappe‘s role will be even more important from now on.

“Kylian can do it. He is used to having everything on his back. He’s used to receiving this pressure,” Camavinga said. 

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“I’m not worried about him. On a day-to-day basis, he seems at ease, and calm.”

He added: “We also have a lot of big players in the squad. There are other leaders in the squad too.

“We’re not going to lower our objectives. Of course, it’s a hard blow.

“But we’re not going to rest on that. We’re going to continue to fight with the big squad that we have.”

France will kick off their World Cup campaign with a match against Australia on Tuesday. Les Blues will then take on Denmark five days later.