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France’s Benzema out of FIFA World Cup 2022 with thigh tear

France’s Karim Benzema throughout a coaching session in Doha, Qatar on November 19, 2022. The striker will miss the 2022 World Cup attributable to a thigh tear
| Photograph Credit score: Christophe Ena

Defending champion France’s World Cup hopes took an enormous blow with the information that star striker Karim Benzema is out of the match after tearing a muscle in his left thigh throughout coaching on Saturday.

“Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup,” the French soccer federation (FFF) mentioned. “After hurting the quadriceps on his left thigh the Actual Madrid striker is pressured to surrender on participating within the World Cup.”

Benzema was participating in his first full coaching session with Les Bleus when he needed to come off after feeling some ache in his left thigh, the FFF mentioned.

“He went for an MRI scan in a hospital (clinic) in Doha, which sadly confirmed a tear,” the FFF mentioned, including that he’ll want three weeks to get better.

“I am very unhappy for Karim who had made this World Cup a significant goal,” France coach Didier Deschamps mentioned.

Benzema had hardly performed in any respect in latest weeks and this was his first full coaching session with Les Bleus.

Since profitable the Ballon d’Or final month, Benzema has performed fewer than half-hour for Madrid after coming off the bench in a Champions League recreation.

L’Equipe earlier mentioned that Benzema “felt a pointy muscle ache” in his left thigh in coaching.

France faces Australia on Tuesday in Group D, then Denmark 4 days later and Tunisia on November 30.

Benzema was France’s high scorer on the 2014 World Cup however didn’t play in France’s victorious 2018 World Cup marketing campaign as a result of he was nonetheless exiled from the workforce for his alleged position in a sex-tape scandal with then-France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

France coach Didier Deschamps recalled him for final yr’s European Championship, the place he was France’s high scorer with 4 objectives.

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