Winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, France, has been handed a major setback ahead of the commencement of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, as their starman and winner of the 2022 Ballon d’Or award, Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the tournament.
Benzema got injured on his left thigh during a training session on Saturday with the French side.
The results from an MRI scan also confirmed that the Ballon d’Or winner will be out for three weeks, confirming that it was a rectus femoris tendon injury.
In a post on his Instagram page, the French hitman confirmed that he will not be featured among the French side at the 2022 World Cup which commences on Sunday.
In his post, Benzema wrote: “I’ve never given up in my life but tonight I have to think of the team, as I have always done,” he said.
“So reason tells me to give my place to someone who can help our squad have a great World Cup. Thanks for all your messages of support.”
Expressing his reaction to it, the head coach of the French side said he was sad about the injury of their star player.
“I am extremely sad for Karim who made this World Cup a major goal. Despite this new blow for the French team, I have full confidence in my group. We will do everything to meet the huge challenge that awaits us.”
Meanwhile, the defending champion is already without their star midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, due to injury.
Monaco striker, Wissam Ben Yedder, is the possible option to replace Karim Benzema ahead of the tournament.
France will play Australia in their opening match on Tuesday.