France’s hopes of efficiently defending the World Cup had been dealt an enormous blow late on Saturday as Ballon d’Or winner, Karim Benzema, was dominated out of the event in Qatar with an injured left thigh.
The 34-year-old Actual Madrid striker had been fighting the damage for a while and had performed lower than half an hour of soccer in his membership’s final six video games earlier than the World Cup.
On Saturday, he took half in full coaching for the primary time for the reason that World Cup holders gathered final week forward of the event.
He was pressured to withdraw from the session on the house stadium of Qatari champions Al Sadd with the damage and was taken for assessments.
The French Soccer Federation later mentioned in an announcement that the damage “would require a restoration interval of three weeks,” ruling out any prospect of him being totally match for the event which finishes on December 18.
“I’m extraordinarily unhappy for Karim, for whom this World Cup was a serious goal,” France coach, Didier Deschamps, was quoted as saying within the FFF assertion.
“Regardless of this new blow for the France staff I’ve full religion in my squad. We’ll do all we will to rise to the large problem that awaits us.”
The 36-year-old Olivier Giroud, is about to profit from Benzema’s absence by coming into the France assault alongside Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann.
Nevertheless, beneath FIFA guidelines Deschamps can nonetheless name up a alternative for an injured participant till Monday, on the eve of their first sport.
France start their defence of the trophy on Tuesday, after they tackle Australia in Al Wakrah.
They may even play Denmark and Tunisia in Group D as they intention to turn out to be the primary staff since Brazil in 1962 to retain the World Cup.