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Karim Benzema out for France-Italy

November 8, 2012
By Press Association
French coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday left Karim Benzema off the squad for France's Nov. 14 friendly against Italy to allow the Real Madrid star time to overcome a minor thigh ailment.

Benzema missed the midweek Champions League draw against Borussia Dortmund and will not be rushed back for the clash in Parma next Wednesday.

"I got the phone call this morning and there is little probability of him being involved for Real this Sunday," Deschamps said. "It is not a big injury ...

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