Soccer World Cup
Benzema is out for the World Cup with a hamstring injury
Defending champions France will be without star striker Karim Benzema at the World Cup in Qatar.
Defending champions France will have to use a star striker for the World Cup in Qatar Karim Benzema waive.
The 34-year-old is out due to an injury in his left thigh, as the French association announced on Saturday evening after investigations.
Benzema had previously trained in doha felt a sharp pain and had to break off the session. The Real Madrid attacker is said to have injured his quadriceps and is now sidelined for three weeks.
“I’m extremely sad for Karim, who made this World Cup a big goal,” said the national coach Didier Deschamps in the association’s statement. “Despite this renewed setback for the French team, I have full confidence in my team. We will do everything to meet the immense challenge that awaits us,” added Deschamps.
The French start the tournament against Australia on Tuesday. Other preliminary round opponents for the French are Denmark on November 26th and Tunisia on November 30th.