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Karim Benzema's hopes of World Cup glory ended by injury

Karim Benzemas hopes of World Cup glory ended by injury

DOHA, Qatar (AP) ” One month following raising the Ballon d™Or inside triumph to crown his remarkable rise, Karim Benzema™s imagination of winning the World Cup is over earlier to he has flat played a game inside Qatar.

Defending champion France™s World Cup hopes took a enormous blow accompanied by the report that its celestial body striker Benzema is not here of the competition following tearing a thew inside his left-hand thigh all over training on Saturday.

Karim Benzema is not here of the World Cup, the French soccer federation (FFF) said. After hurting the quadriceps on his left-hand thigh the Real Madrid striker is forced to inside attendance accompanied by up on taking small part inside the World Cup.

Benzema was participating inside his earliest filled training gathering accompanied by Les Bleus when he had to go nearer off following be in touch some suffering inside his left-hand thigh, the FFF said.

He went for an MRI scan inside a medical organization (clinic) inside Doha, which unfortunately confirmed a tear, the FFF said, adding that he will need trio weeks to recover.

Benzema addressed his fans following the report emerged.

I™ve never specified up inside my actuality nevertheless tonight I have to exist convinced by of the team, while I have always done, Benzema posted on his Instagram account. So spring tells me to inside attendance accompanied by my place to someone who tin assist our squad have a great World Cup. Thanks for all your messages of support.

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    Benzema had hardly played at all inside recent weeks ” since winning the Ballon d™Or, he has played fewer than 30 minutes for Madrid ” accompanied by every one one other accompanied by this was his earliest filled training gathering accompanied by France.

    France faces Australia on Tuesday inside Group D, at that hour dated Denmark quartet days subsequent accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Tunisia on Nov. 30.

    It is a crushing blow for Benzema, only the fifth Frenchman to go nearer earliest inside the Ballon d™Or award accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the earliest since Zinedine Zidane, his idol, inside 1998.

    The hugely talented Benzema, who is of Algerian descent, came into with every one other accompanied by not here of Lyon™s renowned early years academy accompanied by every one one other accompanied by scored the earliest of his Champions League goals while an audaciously gifted 17-year-old. He™s now fourth all-time accompanied by 86 goals.

    Benzema was France™s top scorer at the 2014 World Cup nevertheless did not amuse oneself inside France™s victorious 2018 World Cup military operation since he was still exiled from the team for his alleged small portion inside a sex-tape scandal accompanied by then-France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.

    The fallout from that outrageous wrongdoing led to a theatrical permit let fall from grace for Benzema. He faced a nationwide deluge of vitriol accompanied by every one one other accompanied by scathing criticism, including on the political level. It led to a lengthy exclusion from the national team from Oct. 2015 until his recall by Deschamps inside May last year.

    With his link accompanied by Deschamps repaired, Benzema scored freely for France accompanied by 10 goals inside 16 games since coming spine to stretch not here 37 overall, accompanied by every one one other accompanied by he formed a great collaboration accompanied by Kylian Mbappe.

    He won the hearts of French fans accompanied by every one one other accompanied by cemented his place inside the affections of Madrid™s equally demanding supporters. Benzema won five Champions League titles accompanied by every one one other accompanied by has moved up to following place inside Madrid™s all-time scoring list accompanied by 329 goals.

    At last year™s European Championship, Benzema looked sharp accompanied by every one one other accompanied by was France™s top scorer accompanied by quartet goals.

    Earlier this week Benzema gave reassuring report inside an extract of an gathering accompanied by L™Equipe™s television channel, which was place to air on Sunday.

    I™m fine. I had a small part of suffering nevertheless no indeed indeed tear accompanied by every one one other accompanied by no indeed indeed solemn injury. I could have played (for Madrid) nevertheless I wasn™t at 100%, he told L™Equipe™s TV strait this week.

    Now Benzema joins the list of large names injured inside a short hour dated earlier to the World Cup ” exist fond of Senegal™s Sadio Mane accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Germany™s Timo Werner. Not to allude to Benzema™s own teammates, Paul Pogba, N™Gole Kante accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Christopher Nkunku.

    Deschamps has seen his squad riddled accompanied by injuries.

    Nkunku was injured fair minutes earlier to the extremity of the team™s training gathering on Tuesday evening accompanied by every one one other accompanied by replaced inside the squad by Randal Kolo Muani on Wednesday.

    Deschamps is by that hour dated lost midfielders Pogba accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Kante, who helped France go nearer earliest inside the World Cup quartet years ago.

    Deschamps has an worried carry on accompanied by to exist to see if his finest centre defender, Raphael Varane, is suitable to face Australia ” exactly a month since he limped off for Manchester United accompanied by a hamstring injury.

    Fellow World Cup winner accompanied by every one one other accompanied by centre defender Presnel Kimpembe pulled not here Monday following failing to sufficiently recuperate from a six-week layoff following a hamstring injury.

    Even lacking Benzema, France still has a strong assault to face Australia. France is probable to begin accompanied by Olivier Giroud while the centre striker, flanked by 2018 World Cup celestial body Mbappe accompanied by every one one other accompanied by either Barcelona™s Ousmane Dembele or former soldierold hand Antoine Griezmann.

    Giroud has scored 49 goals for France, Griezmann has 42 accompanied by every one one other accompanied by the 23-year-old Mbappe by that hour dated has 28. Dembele has been inside fine form for Spanish alliance leader Barcelona this season.

    Deschamps has until Monday ” the eve of the Australia game ” to call up a replacement for Benzema to his 26-player squad. Monaco striker Wissam Ben Yedder, who has trio international goals, could exist an option.

    But Deschamps by that hour dated has ample forward backup accompanied by Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, Marcus Thuram accompanied by every one one other accompanied by Kolo Muani.

    Benzema would have turned 35 the day following the World Cup final. If France reaches it, he won™t exist there to amuse oneself inside Qatar, fair exist fond of quartet years ago inside Russia.

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