France striker Karim Benzema is set to miss the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar after tearing his left thigh muscle. The news was confirmed by the French Football Federation. The Ballon d'Or winner was forced to leave a training session early after suffering the injury on Saturday.
The statement released by France Football addressed that the Real Madrid frontman hurt his quadriceps on the left thigh and hence was taken for an MRI scan in Doha. This scan confirmed the tear and ruled the 34-year-old out of the World Cup.
"Karim Benzema is out of the World Cup," the French football federation (FFF) said. "After hurting the quadriceps on his left thigh the Real Madrid striker is forced to give up on taking part in the World Cup. He went for an MRI scan in a hospital (clinic) in Doha, which unfortunately confirmed a tear," the FFF added.
Benzema expressed disappointment with the injury as he posted an emotional note on Instagram. The Frenchman expressed best wishes for his team and the player replacing him in the marquee tournament.
The statement said, "In my life, I have never given up but tonight I have to think about the team, as I have always done, so reason tells me to leave my place to someone who can help our group make a good World Cup. Thank you for all your messages of support."
Benzema was the top scorer of Les Bleus at the 2014 World Cup but didn’t feature in France's victorious 2018 World Cup campaign. Deschamps recalled him for the European Championship in 2021, where he once again led France with four goals.
Along with Benzema, forward Christopher Nkunku was ruled out of the World Cup during the team's previous training session on Tuesday evening. Similarly, Deschamps is already without midfielders Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kante, who were crucial for France in the World Cup four years ago.