Karim Benzema is OUT of the World Cup

Sunday November 20, 2022

France striker Karim Benzema is out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after he sustained a thigh damage in coaching.

Benzema gained the 2022 Ballon d’Or, given to the participant of the yr in world soccer, after serving to Actual Madrid win the Champions League and La Liga.

The French nationwide workforce mentioned he had suffered a thigh downside and wouldn’t be capable to function in match.

“The whole team shares Karim’s sadness and wishes him a speedy recovery,” it added.

The French Soccer Federation mentioned an MRI scan confirmed a thigh muscle damage “which will require a three-week recovery period”.

France are in Group D and play Australia on 22 November, Denmark on 26 November and Tunisia on 30 November.

Head coach Didier Deschamps has till Monday to call a substitute and the damage to 34-year-old Benzema, who has scored 37 instances in 97 matches for France, is one other blow for the World Cup holders.

They’re already with out midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante due to damage whereas Manchester United defender Raphael Varane is making an attempt to be match to play having missed his previous 5 membership matches.

On Wednesday, RB Leipzig ahead Christopher Nkunku was dominated out of the match after he limped out of coaching, with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani known as up as a substitute.

Manchester United ahead Anthony Martial is likely one of the potential choices who may are available in for Benzema, who had been battling a thigh downside since October.

The Actual Madrid man had performed lower than half an hour in his membership’s previous six video games.

He underwent medical assessments after leaving coaching injured on Saturday – it was the primary time he had taken half in full coaching session because the World Cup squad got here collectively final week.

“I am extremely sad for Karim who made this World Cup a major goal,” Deschamps mentioned.

“Despite this new setback, I have full confidence in my group. We will do everything to meet the immense challenge that awaits us.”

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