Karim Benzema suffers injury setback on return to France training

France striker Karim Benzema returned to training on Saturday but had to leave the session injured and is now expected to miss Les Bleus’ World Cup opener against Australia on Tuesday.

What’s more, the 2021 Ballon d’Or could even now be a doubt for the whole tournament.

Benzema has been struggling for fitness all season and was forced to miss all of Real Madrid’s last five games in all competitions prior to the World Cup break.

The 34-year-old returned to training on Saturday alongside former clubmate Raphael Varane, who hadn’t played since October because of an injury suffered…

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