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Karim Benzema, the striker of the French football team preparing for the World Cup starting on Sunday, was injured.

The winner of this year’s Ballon d’Or voting fell out of line during Saturday’s training session. It is not yet known how serious the injury is. According to press reports, further investigations await the 34-year-old Real Madrid footballer.

By the way, Benzema has been dealing with a thigh injury since October, and has not played in the last four rounds of La Liga. The French start their World Cup Group D against the Australians on Tuesday, before meeting Denmark and Tunisia.

The bar is on the French

The defending world champion’s preparation for the World Cup in Qatar has not been smooth, to put it mildly, as he lost a key player a few days earlier: Christopher Nkunkuthe striker of RB Leipzig was also injured during the training of the national team, the best player of the previous Bundesliga season will definitely miss the tournament.

PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe also fell out of the lineup, moreover, due to previous injuries, national team captain Didier Deschamps cannot count on Paul Pogba and N’golo Kante either. Benzema’s exit would be a huge loss for the French, even if they have attacking classics like Kylian Mbappé, Olivier Giroud or Ousmane Dembélé in the squad.

The 34-year-old striker of Real Madrid came to the World Cup in great shape, winning the championship and the Champions League with his team last season. In the current season, he had to miss a few matches due to injuries, but he still scored five goals, and Carlo Ancelotti’s squad is second in the La Liga table with 12 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss after 14 rounds.

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(Cover photo: Karim Benzema. Photo: Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters)