Karim Benzema ruled out of World Cup as another star misses out with injury

France will be without their Ballon d'Or winning striker Karim Benzema at the World Cup after he suffered a thigh injury on the eve of the tournament.

News broke of the 34-year-old's injury woe late on Saturday evening (November 19), with the Real Madrid star suffering the damage during a training session in Qatar.

The update comes as a huge blow for Didier Deschamps and his squad ahead of their opening group clash against Australia on Tuesday, with Denmark and Tunisia coming after.

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Despite already suffering from a hamstring injury prior to the tournament, it is his thigh that means he cannot play in the Middle East following a scan.

Benzema was taken to Aspetar Hospital in Doha for an MRI test which confirmed the fears of the French who then chose to remove him from the squad.

The forward joins Christopher Nkunku in missing the tournament through injury having been named in the squad, with Paul Pogba, N'Golo Kante, Mike Maignan earlier losses.

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Benzema has been in the form of his career over the past two-and-a-half seasons with 80 goals across his last 104 appearances, with 10 international goals since his comeback in 2021.

Having been away from France duty since 2015, Benzema returned last year to score nine goals in 13 fixtures, netting against Denmark most recently back in June.

Speaking earlier this month to TF1, Deschamps had mentioned the condition of Benzema in relation to the previous hamstring worry.

He said: "He [Benzema] knows that the World Cup is a very important moment for him. He will do everything, like the whole group, to be ready on November 22.

“There was a period where Benzema played too much and is now paying the price with small injuries. But he knows the World Cup is important."

Although Benzema won't be available, the French frontline still has an abundance of talent including Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe.


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