Qatar 2020 turns catastrophic for Benzema

Qatar 2020 turns catastrophic for Benzema
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Even before the Qatar 2022 World Cup kick off more players are getting enlisted into the injury list and are seeing their dreams getting away in smokes.

After Paul Pogba and Sadio Mane, the latest on the injury list and glarring absentee is France striker, Karim Benzema.

The Ballon d’Or winner has been ruled out of the World Cup  after suffering an injury in training, on Saturday.

Before then, the Algerian-French man has been struggling with a muscle problem. On Saturday, he was forced to leave defending champions France’s  training  session.

“I am extremely sad for Karim who had made this World Cup a major objective. 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,” said coach Didier Deschamps in a statement.

Benzema had a stellar season with Real Madrid last season, scoring 44 goals in 46 games in all competitions as he helped guide them to a LaLiga and Champions League double.

He was France’s top scorer at the 2014 World Cup, but was not part of their victory in the 2018 edition, having only returned to the France team last year following a six-year absence

A blackmail scandal and his comment that Deschamps had “bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France” when leaving the forward, a Muslim of Algerian descent, out of the Euro 2016 squad, was followed by international exile.

Since his return to the international team, Benzema has scored 10 goals in 16 appearances.

“I’ve never given up in my life but tonight I have to think of the team, as I have always done,” Benzema wrote in an Instagram post.

“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.”

France, already without Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Christopher Nkunku because of injury, open their campaign against Australia in Group D on Tuesday.

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