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Karim Benzema reacts to being ruled out of World Cup for France through injury

08:22 GMT 20/11/2022
Benzema France training 2022
Karim Benzema has reacted to the news that he will miss the entirety of France's World Cup campaign with a thigh injury.
  • Injury keeps him out of tournament
  • Third player to withdraw from French squad this week
  • No replacement to be selected

WHAT HAPPENED? Late on Saturday night Ballon d'Or winner Benzema withdrew from theFrench squad for the World Cup. The striker was participating in his first session in Qatar and sustained a thigh injury before scans revealed the extent of the damage. He has now reacted to the news that he will not be able to represent his nation at the tournament.

WHAT HE SAID: In a tweet Benzema said: "In my life I have never given up, but tonight I have to think about the team as I always have done, so reason tells me to leave my place to someone who can help our group make a good World Cup. Thank you all for your messages of support!"

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The injury to Benzema is the latest in a long line of casualties for the French squad. Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante were ruled out several weeks ago, while Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku have both had to withdraw from the final squad.


WHAT NEXT FOR FRANCE? Deschamps has confirmed that he will not call up a replacement for Benzema leaving them with a 25-man squad for the tournament. France kick off their tournament against Australia on November 22.