The France Football Federation (FFF) has announced that French forward Karim Benzema will not compete in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar due to an injury he sustained 24 hours prior to the tournament’s opening ceremony.
After tearing a muscle in his left thigh, Benzema was forced to leave France’s training session early on Saturday, dealing the defending champions a devastating setback in their quest to retain the illustrious title they won in Russia four years ago.
The attacker’s World Cup ambition was abruptly ended by a three-week rehabilitation period.
He joined Paul Pogba, Christopher Nkunku, Mike Maignan, N’Golo Kanté, and Presnel Kimpembé as prominent French players who were disqualified from the world’s biggest football competition.
The FFF said, “He underwent an MRI scan at a hospital (clinic) in Doha, which regrettably revealed a tear.”
“In my life, I have never given up, but tonight, as I usually do, I have to think about the team, so reason tells me to leave my spot to someone who can help our team achieve a fantastic World Cup,” Benzema wrote on Instagram. I appreciate all of your encouraging messages.
Before their opening match of the championship against Australia on Tuesday, France coach Didier Deschamps has the opportunity to name a replacement for the injured striker, with Monaco forward Wissam Ben Yedder and Manchester United’s Anthony Martial now being realistic choices.