By Chris King •
Published: 20 Nov 2022 • 2:15
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As announced by the French Football Federation on Saturday, November 19, Karim Benzema, the prolific Real Madrid striker, has been officially ruled out of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. They broke the news just one day before the tournament kicks off later today, Sunday 20.
The current holder of the Ballon d’Or reportedly limped out of Saturday’s training session. It was the first one he had participated in with the French squad since they arrived in Qatar last Monday 14.
“Injured in the left quadriceps, the Real Madrid striker is forced to give up his participation in the World Cup,” said a statement from the FFF.
Benzema’s muscle injury is different to the one that has kept him out of Real Madrid’s games in recent weeks. During the last month, the Frenchman has barely played 30 minutes of competitive football. It was reported that he felt severe pain in his left leg and had to abandon training. He was subsequently transferred to a prestigious clinic in Doha, accompanied by the national side’s medical team.
This is the first big bombshell news featuring a top player dropping out of this World Cup since the teams arrived in the Gulf state. There was concern over Argentina captain Lionel Messi yesterday, Saturday 19. He reportedly trained separately from the rest of the squad but there was no official news regarding his level of fitness.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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