France striker Benzema has been dominated out of the World Cup as a consequence of a thigh damage

France’s hopes of efficiently defending the World Cup suffered a serious blow late on Saturday when Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema was dominated out of the event in Qatar with an injured left thigh.

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The 34-year-old Actual Madrid striker had been battling the damage for a while and had performed lower than half an hour of soccer within the membership’s final six video games earlier than the World Cup.

On Saturday, he participated in full coaching for the primary time for the reason that World Cup holders gathered final week forward of the event.

He was compelled to tug out of the session on the dwelling floor of Qatari champions Al Sadd with the damage and was introduced in for checks.

The French Soccer Federation (FFF) later stated in an announcement that the damage “will require a three-week recovery period”, ruling out any prospect of him being totally match for the event, which ends on December 18.

“I am extremely sorry for Karim, for whom this World Cup was a big goal,” France coach Didier Deschamps was quoted as saying in an announcement by the FFF.

“Despite this new blow to the French team, I have full confidence in my squad. We will do everything we can to face the huge challenge that awaits us.”

36-year-old Olivier Giroud will profit from Benzema’s absence by coming into France’s assault alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.

However beneath FIFA guidelines, Deschamps can nonetheless name in a substitute for an injured participant till Monday, on the eve of their first recreation.

France start their protection of the trophy on Tuesday once they tackle Australia in Al Wakrah.

They can even play Denmark and Tunisia in Group D as they goal to develop into the primary workforce since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup.

Pogba, Kante and Nkunku already out

Benzema’s damage is a serious blow for Deschamps, whose preparations for the event had already been hampered by health issues.

France have arrived in Qatar with out key duo Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, their beginning midfield pairing from the profitable 2018 World Cup marketing campaign, who had been each dominated out by damage earlier than Deschamps named his squad.

Again-up goalkeeper Mike Maignan and centre-back Presnel Kimpembe additionally withdrew earlier than RB Leipzig ahead Christopher Nkunku needed to pull out after choosing up a knee damage in France’s last coaching session earlier than the journey to Qatar.

Nkunku was changed within the squad by Eintracht Frankfurt ahead Randal Kolo Muani.

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has additionally struggled to show his health since coming off in tears with a leg damage in a match towards Chelsea on 22 October.

Benzema, who turns 35 subsequent month, had set his sights on the World Cup to cap off a outstanding profession renaissance.

He received the Ballon d’Or after scoring 44 objectives in 46 video games for Actual Madrid final season because the Spanish membership received the Champions League and La Liga.

Benzema had beforehand been banned from the French workforce for five-and-a-half years as a consequence of his involvement in an extortion scandal over a intercourse tape involving his former teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

It precipitated him to overlook France’s victorious 2018 World Cup marketing campaign and led to a one-year suspended sentence in addition to a €75,000 superb.

On profitable the Ballon d’Or, he stated: “There are still things to be done. I hope to be in the squad for Qatar, to go to the World Cup and do everything to win it.”

(AFP)

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