The French champions will not replace the injured Karim Benzema in the World Cup squad, coach Didier Deschamps said on Sunday.
In a major blow to France’s hopes of retaining the trophy in Qatar, Benzema was ruled out after the Ballon d’Or winner injured his left thigh in training on Saturday.
Deschamps said he would not request a replacement for the Real Madrid forward, although FIFA rules give him until Monday to do so.
Deschamps told France’s TF1 that while Benzema’s setback “wasn’t pretty”, he was confident in the depth of his squad.
“But we have a goal and we have a quality squad, with players who know what to expect. I trust them.”
Deschamps brushed aside questions about the treatment of Benzema, who has been nursing an injury for the past month.
“I know you’re looking for a discussion,” he said. “But everything is under control, (the injury) was not caused by him accelerating or shooting.
Deschamps said centre-back Raphael Varane would be available for Tuesday’s opener against Australia.
The Manchester United defender has been injured since October 22, but trained with the team for the first time on Saturday.
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