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Injuries have complicated everything for the world champion, who will have a tough defense of the crown in Arab lands.

The five Frenchmen who are out of Qatar
© GettyThe five Frenchmen who are out of Qatar

A tremendous bucket of cold water is what France received on Saturday. Just hours after the start of the World Cup in Qatar, it was confirmed that Karim Benzema will not be part of the tournament due to a tear on his left leg thigh.

Undoubtedly, a hard blow for a team that seeks in Arab lands break the defending champion’s curse and have a good tournament, unlike what has happened with the last monarchs, who have all left in the first round.

Nevertheless fate has insisted on making the Gauls suffer in this preview. If the sporting results were not the best, carrying out a very irregular League of Nations, what happened in recent weeks was much worse.

And it is that there are five French players who, a priori, were going to be in the World Cup and who will miss it due to injuries. In addition to Gato, there is N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku.

The thing about Kante was known a month ago, when he had to undergo an operation due to a hamstring injury. While his midfield partner, Paul Pogba, will not play the next World Cup in Qatar due to a new injurythis time a muscular problem in a thigh.

The Kimbembe thing, in any case, is much more recent. The central defender also had a muscular ailment, however this was only a week ago, when he had to be replaced. Finally, Nkunku won’t make it either due to a poorly cared for knee sprain.

However, while all are important, They do not resemble the commotion caused by the absence of Benzema in the World Cup. And it is that the recent Ballon d’Or had been having the best season of his life with Real Madrid and in the end he will not be able to transfer that good moment to his team.

According to transfermarket, between the five players they reach the sum of 220 million of dollars, being the most expensive, due to his youth, is the Leipzig player Christopher Nkunku, who is valued at 80 million.

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