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Karim Benzema out after a possible knee injury against Bulgaria

France-ALSHARQIYA  June 9: He replaced striker Karim Benzema after a likely knee injury in the first half of France's Euro 2020 preliminary match against Bulgaria, on Tuesday.

The Real Madrid striker was knocked out four minutes before the end of the first half after he came down with a header.

Benzema, who last week returned to playing for France after missing the national team for more than five years, remained on the bench after being looked after by the world champions' medical staff.

"It's a blow to the knee that also affects the muscles," coach Didier Deschamps told TF1. "He felt like he was getting stiff, so he asked to lie down."

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