The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner felt a robust ache in his thigh throughout a dash towards the top of the coaching session.
After present process an MRI, it was confirmed that Benzema had suffered a muscle tear that would want three weeks of restoration time.
The 2022 World Cup, which begins on Sunday and runs by the ultimate on Dec. 18, will now be the primary since 1978 to not function the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.
France start the defence of the World Cup title they received in 2018 when taking over Australia on Tuesday. Per FIFA guidelines, they’ll have till 24 hours earlier than their first recreation to call a substitute to their squad.
“I’m extraordinarily unhappy for Karim, who had made this World Cup a serious goal,” coach Didier Deschamps stated in a press release. “Regardless of this new blow for the French group, I’ve full confidence in my group. We’ll do the whole lot to fulfill the massive problem that awaits us.”
Benzema additionally addressed his withdrawal in an Instagram post.
“I’ve by no means given up in my life however tonight I’ve to consider the group, as I’ve at all times executed,” he stated. “So purpose tells me to present my place to somebody who might help our squad have an awesome World Cup. Thanks for all of your messages of assist.”
Benzema was France’s high scorer on the 2014 World Cup however didn’t play of their victorious 2018 World Cup marketing campaign as a result of he was nonetheless exiled from the group for his alleged role in a sex-tape scandal with then-France teammate Mathieu Valbuena.
Deschamps recalled him for final yr’s European Championship, the place he was France’s high scorer with 4 targets.
The 34-year-old loved a career-best season with Real Madrid final marketing campaign, ending as high scorer in LaLiga (27 targets) and the Champions League (15 targets) to steer the Spanish giants to each main trophies.
Nevertheless, he has battled accidents all through the primary a part of this season.
He had performed solely 26 minutes of soccer previously month due to muscular fatigue, and Saturday was the primary time he was coaching with the France squad since they received collectively on Monday.
Deschamps was optimistic that his striker may get well in time, however Saturday’s harm has now dominated him out of the match.
Even earlier than naming his squad, the France coach was with out long-term harm absentees Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante — two key gamers when Les Bleus received the World Cup in Russia 4 years in the past.
Data from the Related Press was used on this report.