Star striker Karim Benzema will not be able to play at the 2022 World Cup. Co-favorite France has to do without the world footballer and can nominate a replacement.
Update from November 20th: Munich/Qatar – After the Ballon d’Or winner had to stop training on Saturday due to muscular problems in his left leg, there is now bitter certainty: Karim Benzema is standing France not available at the World Cup. The healing of the thigh injury requires a “three-week recovery”, according to the French Football Association FFF.
Karim Benzema: “I have to think about the team”
The striker himself has already announced himself Instagram to word. “I’ve never given up in my life, but I have to think of the team like I always have,” Benzema emphasized the team’s success despite all the personal frustration. “Reason tells me that I have to make room for someone who can help our team play a good World Cup.”
France coach Didier Deschamps is not deterred by the renewed personnel setback. He has “great confidence” in his players and he promises that “we will do everything we can to meet the challenge that lies ahead of us.” It is now also up to the coach who gets to take Benzema’s place. A replacement for Benzema can be nominated up to 24 hours before the first own game. In plain language: Deschamps must nominate a player by Monday evening, because on Tuesday at 8 p.m. France will meet in the Group D for their first game on Australia.
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Karim Benzema: Will the Real Madrid star miss the 2022 World Cup?
According to the French sports newspaper, Benzema is said to have complained of a “stabbing pain” in the quadriceps of his left leg. As a result, he had to stop training. It is not about the same place, which is why the goalscorer from Champions League winners Real Madrid was injured in October. The 34-year-old striker will be examined later in the evening, the report said.
It would be the next major setback for the tournament co-favourites and defending champions, who won the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The French national team is already missing Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St. Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus Turin) and N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea FC) due to injury.
The quadriceps thigh muscle runs from the pelvis to below the knee. Benzema, who turns 35 on December 19, propelled his club Real Madrid to the Champions League title last season with 15 goals in 12 games. In 2018, the massive attacker was not part of the world champion team due to disagreements with national coach Didier Deschamps. After a discussion with Deschamps, he only returned to the squad of the “Équipe Tricolore” in 2021.
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Others too Teams have at the 2022 World Cup dealing with injuries. For example, Germany are missing Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig). Defense chief Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid) recently had to be rested. France scores at World Cup Tournament in the Emirate (November 20th to December 18th) in Group D on Australia (November 22nd), on the highly rated Denmark (November 26th) and on Tunisia (November 30th).
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