France on the attackA World Cup without the Ballon d’Or winner: Karim Benzema is out
The 34-year-old is out due to a left thigh injury, as the French association announced on Saturday night after investigations.
France will play in a group with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The current world champion has to complain about some flaws. For example, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku miss out on the tournament.
Now Karim Benzema is also out. He had previously felt sharp pain during training in Doha and had to stop the session. The Real Madrid attacker suffered a quadriceps injury and will be out for three weeks.
“I am extremely sad for Karim, who made this World Cup a great goal,” said national coach Didier Deschamps (54) in the association’s statement. “Despite this new setback for the French team, I have full confidence in my team. We will do everything possible to face the immense challenge that awaits us,” added Deschamps.
Benzema-Aus a defeat
Of newly crowned Ballon d’Or winners he has been sick for a few weeks. Until now he has barely been able to participate in a training session for the French team, neither in Clairefontaine (near Paris) in the three-day training camp, nor in Doha. As already mentioned, he even had to cancel the last one.
In 2018, Benzema was absent from the World Cup and winning the title. The reason was internal disputes and allegations of blackmail. If he failed, it would be a great loss. Benzema has scored five goals in seven league games for Real Madrid this season. With the France team he scored 37 goals in 97 international matches.
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