Due to a tear in his left thigh, Karim Benzema is withdrawn for the 2022 World Cup

We don’t know yet how it will end. But the story of the French team in Qatar could not start worse. Four days after the arrival of the Blues in the Arabian Peninsula, Didier Deschamps has lost one of his new pillars. After N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Presnel Kimpembe, it’s up to Karim Benzema to give up his world dreams. Three days before the start of the World Cup, the 2022 Ballon d’Or was injured in training. He suffers from a tear in his left thigh which deprives him of any hope of playing his second World Cup.

It’s a blow to the Blues. Didier Deschamps sees the best player of the year 2022, who led Real Madrid to European heights, having to retire. Arrived injured on Monday at Clairefontaine, the ex Lyonnais complained of persistent discomfort in a thigh for several weeks. But if his last game played in full dates back to October 19, an Elche – Real in La Liga, won by Real Madrid 3-0 with a goal from the Frenchman, there was still hope of seeing him in blue in Qatar.

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Extremely sad for Karim who had made this World Cup an important goal

On Saturday, KB9 also participated in its first collective training since the start of the rally. But his body failed him again. And his thigh injury will push him to go home sooner than expected. “I am extremely sad for Karim who has made this World Cup an important goal. Despite this new blow for the French team, I have full confidence in my group. We will do everything to face the immense challenge that awaits us“said Didier Deschamps in the FFF press release.

Benzema dreamed of surfing on his Ballon d’Or to finally shine at the World Cup. But his story with the most prestigious of international competitions continues to be frustrating. Not held by Raymond Domenech in 2010, dismissed in 2018 by Didier Deschamps for the reasons we know, he has just five small games on the clock for three goals and a quarter-final elimination of the 2014 World Cup. At 35 soon, his chances to participate in a new World Cup are now very scarce.

For the French team, we will now have to find how to rebuild without him which should give Olivier Giroud the opportunity to shine once more. But after the absences of Pogba and Kanté in the center of the game, it is a major blow for Didier Deschamps, who has until Monday, the day before France v Australia, to make a last minute substitution. Unless the Blues boss wants to stay at 25. And he doesn’t try to replace the irreplaceable: a Ballon d’Or.

Karim Benzema

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