It’s a huge blow for the France team. Whilehe had resumed collective training with his teammates three days before facing Australia, Karim Benzema was once again the victim of a muscle injury and could not finish the opposition set up by Didier Deschamps on Saturday.
Finally, the finding is without appeal. After having had an MRI in the evening at the Aspetar clinic, theestablishment of excellence in Doha, the French must forfeit the World Cup, according to our information. A colossal disappointment for the 34-year-old French international (97 caps, 37 goals), who could have participated in his second World Cup with the Blues, after that of 2014.
The FFF confirmed the information around 11:30 p.m. (French time). This season, the Real Madrid captain has missed many games due to a thigh injury and muscle overload. Spared by the club from the Spanish capital against Rayo Vallecano and Cadiz, the winner of the Ballon d’Or had trained separately since the arrival of the Blues in Doha on November 16.
“Tonight, I have to think about the team”
Hit again this Saturday evening in the quadriceps of the left thigh (lesion of the femoral right), he will have to count at least three weeks of convalescence. “In my life, I have never given up but tonight I have to think about the team as I always have. So reason tells me to leave my place to someone who can help our group have a good World Cup, ”wrote around two in the morning in Doha.
“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 are going to do everything to meet the huge challenge that awaits us”, commented Didier Deschamps.
As a reminder, the national coach can replace him until the day before his entry into the World Cup, Tuesday evening (8 p.m.). But, according to our information, a point will be made by the staff on Sunday morning. In case of reinforcement, he could think of Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco), Martin Terrier (Rennes), Anthony Martial (Manchester United) or Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen).