The French team will have to do without Karim Benzema for the entire World Cup. After the packages of N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba or even Presnel Kimpembe, the Merengue is added to the long list of injured who will have to watch the competition without being able to participate. A real torture for these competitors at heart. Indeed, the Madrid striker had to forfeit the World Cup before it even started. After having passed examinations this Saturday evening at the Aspetar hospital in Doha, the Frenchman limped out with his head down.
In the process, the French Football Federation confirmed the terrible news, which everyone feared. Hit in the quadriceps of the left thigh, the international tricolor (97 selections for 37 achievements) is forced to give up participating in this World Cup in Qatar. Very bad news for Didier Deschamps, the coach of the Blues, but also and above all for the player who did not participate in the previous victorious campaign in Russia in 2018. Le Nueve also expressed himself on his Instagram account in order to to clarify the situation.
“It’s not about giving up”
Indeed, surely very affected by this last minute injury, even if his physical state was still surrounded by a certain mysterious veil, Karim Benzema wanted to communicate after the announcement of his package to put things straight. It is in no way an abandonment but rather a choice, very difficult, to help the Blues. “In my life I have never given up but tonight I have to think of the team as I have always done so reason tells me to leave my place to someone who can help our group to make a great World Cup. Thank you for all your messages of support”said the Real Madrid striker.
One of the best elements of the offensive sector of the French team, and incidentally Ballon d’Or 2022, finds himself on the sidelines the day before the inaugural match of this World Cup. Didier Deschamps and the French Football Federation have until Monday to communicate the name of Karim Benzema’s replacement. The latter will have the difficult task of trying to make people forget the Madrilenian package. In any case, despite a group largely diminished by the injuries of its executives, the French team will have to extricate itself from group D and for that, the Blues will have to make a result on Tuesday against Australia for their entry into the running.