Karim Benzema OUT of World Cup: France suffer another massive blow as Ballon d’Or winner joins Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante in missing out

    Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup in Qatar, the French Football Federation have confirmed.

    The Real Madrid striker has withdrawn from the France squad after suffering an injury in training on Saturday.

    Benzema had only just returned to full training

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    Benzema had only just returned to full training

    Benzema had a scan at a hosptisl in . A subsequent scan at a hospital in Doha ruled that he will not be able to feature at the World Cup.

    Ballon d’Or 2022 winner Benzema has been struggling with injury all season, making just 12 out of a possible 21 appearances for Champions League winners Real.

    The ailment has been a slight mystery though with it originally declared as ‘muscle fatigue’, but there was a conflicting view on the player’s fitness from club boss Carlo Ancelotti who said the medical team had given him the all-clear.

    There were claims in Spain of ‘monumental anger’ that Benzema was saving himself for France, but that now looks to be unfounded with the striker clearly struggling.

    The 34-year-old was already a doubt for Les Bleus’ opener against Australia having been training alone in Doha, but things could now be worse.

    Commenting on the training session, RMC added: “While he seemed rather comfortable during the first fifteen minutes of the session, the intensity then increased, which his body obviously did not appreciate.

    The Real Madrid man had previously been taking individual sessions with Varane

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    The Real Madrid man had previously been taking individual sessions with Varane

    “He touched his thigh and kept away from the field for several moments, Benzema could have relapsed, to the point that the staff is very worried for the whole of the competition.”

    Fellow French media giants L’Equipe added: “The nature of his injury and its severity are not yet known, but his injury is of a muscular nature, which leaves a big doubt about the rest of his competition.”

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