FIFA World Cup 2022: France suffers huge setback as Karim Benzema is ruled out due to injury

Karim Benzema has been ruled out of FIFA World Cup 2022 due to a thigh injury. Image Courtesy: @FrenchTeam

Xtra Time Web Desk: Reigning world champions France suffered a huge setback ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2022 as star striker Karim Benzema is ruled out due to a thigh injury. The Real Madrid striker was forced to leave the training session at the Jassim bin Hammad Stadium after feeling pain in the quadriceps of his left thigh. He was taken for an MRI, but unfortunately the reports confirmed a femoral right injury, which will require a three-week recovery period.

Benzema joins teammates Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante who will also miss the quadrennial event due to injuries.

“I am extremely sad for Karim who made this World Cup a major goal. Despite this new blow for the France team, I have full confidence in my group. We will do everything to meet the immense challenge that awaits us,” France coach Didier Deschamps said about Benzema’s injury.

This will be the third consecutive World Cup that Benzema will miss. Olivier Giroud, who is just three goals shy of surpassing Thierry Henry as France’s all-time leading scorer, will start in place of the Real Madrid forward. 

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