France striker Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the Qatar World Cup after sustaining an injury in training on Saturday. The Real Madrid striker has enjoyed a formidable yr and picked up the Ballon d’Or last month, so his absence is anticipated to harm Les Bleus’ probabilities this winter.
Benzema has scored five goals and assisted one in seven La Liga appearances up to now this season, along with his impressive displays over the past 12 months making him one in all the primary names on the team sheet on the international stage.
Nevertheless, Didier Deschamps can be without the 34-year-old within the World Cup on account of a tear in his left thigh. Benzema was forced to depart France training early on Saturday after sustaining the muscle problem, with it being deemed that the injury will rule him out of Les Bleus’ opener against Australia.
Though it seems that the issue was worse than first feared for the previous Lyon star. Benzema has battled with thigh injuries recently and this instance couldn’t come at a worse time for the forward.
France’s official Twitter account confirmed the news, tweeting: “Karim Benzema is forced to provide up participating within the World Cup. The entire team shares Karim’s sadness and needs him a speedy recovery.”
Benzema said in a press release: “In my life I never quit but tonight I even have to think in regards to the team like I all the time accomplish that the explanation tells me to depart my place to someone who might help our team to make an awesome world cup. Thanks for all of your messages of support #GoBlues.”
The race is now on for Deschamps to call a alternative for Benzema. They need to name an alternative to the Los Blancos superstar at the least 24 hours before their opener against Australia on Tuesday.
Quite a few players are facing the tough consequences of a mid-season World Cup being greenlighted, with Senegal’s Sadio Mane and England’s Reece James not in a position to participate within the competition on account of recent injuries sustained at club level within the run-up to the tournament. Nevertheless, France appear to have been hit the toughest of all nations.
Christopher Nkunku was forced to withdraw from the tournament earlier this week after sustaining an injury following a tackle from Eduardo Camavinga in training. Presnel Kimpembe also had to get replaced following an injury.
France’s possibilities of retaining the World Cup title were handed two significant blows before the teams were announced too because the ever-reliable midfield partnership of Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante were each ruled out of the competition after failing to recuperate from injuries in time. Thus, Real Madrid stars Aurelien Tchouameni and Camavinga can be relied on by Deschamps, with Juventus star Adrien Rabiot also set to be called upon.