The president of the French Football Federation (FFF) has opened the door for striker Karim Benzema to return to the national team when legal proceedings against him for alleged blackmail have finished.
The striker was suspended indefinitely by the FFF in December 2015 after being put under formal investigation by a judge for an alleged plot to blackmail France team mate Mathieu Valbuena over a sex video. Benzema denies any wrongdoing.
He subsequently missed the European Championship finals on home soil in June and July.
FFF president Noel Le Graet has said the striker will be available for selection, but the final decision will rest with coach Didier Deschamps.
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