Real Madrid forward, and French international, Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the World Cup in Qatar.
HausaToday recalls that the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner battled with a thigh injury which left him out of the 2-1 defeat against Cadiz.
The striker, however, missed out on Los Blancos’ 3–2 defeat by Rayo Vallecano, who was in the seventh position.
However, the French talisman returned to the treatment table following a short absence during Wednesday’s 5-1 triumph against Celtic in the Champions League.
The striker was then chosen by Didier Deschamps in his 26-man team to go to Qatar, which was a bold move.
Although earlier reports indicated that the striker was improving his fitness, a subsequent report indicated that he will not play in France’s first match against Australia.
An addendum to this story, however, states that Karim Benzema won’t be competing in the World Cup, according to the French Federation.
A tear in Benzema’s left quad muscle was discovered via scans.
He underwent tests at the Aspetar hospital with the help of Franck Le Gall, the team doctor for France.
In a waiting automobile, Benzema was seen hobbling out of the hospital while appearing dejected.
“Hit in the quadriceps of the left thigh, Karim Benzema is forced to give up participating in the World Cup.” according to a statement.
“The whole team shares Karim’s sadness and wishes him a speedy recovery.”