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A sharp pain in his thigh puts France’s Karim Benzema at risk for the World Cup. © Christophe Ena/AP/dpa

According to media reports, defending champions France will have to do without star striker Karim Benzema at least in the first World Cup game against Australia at the World Cup in Qatar.

Doha – The 34-year-old felt a sharp pain in his thigh during training in Doha on Saturday evening, the newspaper “L’Equipe” reported. A different area is affected than the one that had previously caused him problems.

The French start the tournament against Australia on Tuesday, Benzema national coach Didier Deschamps is said to be unavailable for this game. Whether the attacker is even absent for the entire World Cup should be decided after investigations that were planned for the evening.

Other preliminary round opponents for the French are Denmark on November 26th and Tunisia on November 30th. dpa

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