Multiple reliable sources confirm that Karim Benzema’s World Cup dream is over and he will miss the entire tournament through injury. Today, Benzema trained with the first team for the first time since they arrived in Qatar. RMCsport later reported that the striker obtained an injury to his quadriceps whilst jogging on the pitch. He underwent a MRI scan during the night and the injury was deemed “too serious” to remain in Qatar.
It’s a sad time for French and Real Madrid supporters. After his iconic campaign, it would’ve been perfect to show his quality on the biggest stage. Benzema will now have to support his team from home.
This is the sixth injury that Deschamps and his coaching staff have to deal with before a ball is kicked in this tournament. They’ve lost Paul Pogba, Christopher Nkunku, Mike Maignan, Presnel Kimpembe, N’Golo Kanté and now Karim Benzema through injury.
What does this mean for Les Bleus?
It’s certainly a blow for the French National team, but injuries are unfortunately a part of the game and France will have to find ways to overcome this setback. Giroud will definitely start alongside Mbappe with Griezmann playing behind them or off the right.
DiarioAS reports that Martin Terrier, Wissam Ben Yedder or Moussa Diaby are the players that are likely to replace him.
Whoever is picked will travel to Qatar tomorrow and join the rest of the France squad in their training camp.
In conclusion, it’s unfortunate for Benzema and France. An exceptional player will miss the biggest sporting event in the world. Nevertheless, the show must go on and Qatar 22 commences tomorrow with Qatar against Ecuador.
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