Sat. Nov 19th, 2022

Karim Benzema will miss the entire World Cup after injuring himself during training with France in Qatar.

French Football Federation it is stated in the press release that the Real Madrid striker was forced to stop training after feeling “pain in the quadriceps of his left thigh”. An MRI later confirmed a rectus femoris tendon injury, meaning the 34-year-old Ballon d’Or winner faces a three-week recovery period.

Didier Deschamps, France coach, said: “I am extremely sad for Karim who has made this World Cup his main goal. Despite this new blow for the French team, I have full confidence in my group. We will do everything to respond to the great challenge that awaits us.”

The World Cup holders, already with Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, begin their defense against Australia on Tuesday. Group D also includes Denmark and Tunisia.

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