If Karim Benzema plays and does not score for France against Spain tonight, he will have endured 1000 minutes of international football without finding the back of the net.
But while the profligate Real Madrid man was booed by the French fans during Les Bleus’ 3-1 win over Georgia last weekend, coach Didier Deschamps insists the striker retains his trust.
There is even a chance that Benzema will be in the starting line-up against La Furia Roja, because of his intimate knowledge of many of their star players, despite the fact that Arsenal hit-man Olivier Giroud is in better form.
"I'm not saying he's going to play, but I have total confidence in Benzema,” Deschamps told the media ahead of the sumptuous clash in Paris.
“There's no debate whatsoever about his qualities.”
"There's no problem with Benzema in the French national side,” skipper Hugo Lloris added.
“He's a respected player. He's contributed in the past, and he'll contribute in the future. He's going through a tough time, but we're there to help him through it. Sooner or later, he'll find the net again.”
Giroud may well consider himself unlucky if he finds himself on the bench and goal shy Benzema in the starting line-up.
But as former Lyon striker Bernard Lacombe explains, there may be more than one reason for starting Benzema against Spain.
"It's difficult to put him on the bench,” said Lacombe, who has followed the striker’s career from his days as a youth at Lyon.
“He'll know the defenders a bit more than Giroud.
“If Didier Deschamps takes him out of the starting XI, it'll only make him doubt himself still more."