Karim Benzema harm: France stays optimistic about World Cup 2022

DOHA, Qatar – France head coach Didier Deschamps has vowed his squad will mount a stout protection of its World Cup title, regardless of the “sad” lack of star ahead Karim Benzema via harm. 

Benzema, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner after being voted the world’s greatest participant in 2021-22, was dominated out by French workforce docs late Saturday after being unable to shake off a painful concern together with his left quadriceps. 

“I am extremely sad for Karim, who made this World Cup a major objective,” Deschamps advised reporters. “Despite this new blow, I have every confidence in my squad. We are going to do everything to meet the immense challenge that awaits us.” 

Benzema scored 44 objectives in 46 video games to assist Actual Madrid win each the Spanish league title and the Champions League final season, and admitted on the time that his profession would have felt incomplete with out the Ballon d’Or award. 

Lacking the event in Qatar will likely be a crushing blow for the in-form ahead, who, at 34, might not get one other alternative. Benzema was not chosen for France’s 2018 triumph, partially as a result of he was underneath investigation concerning a blackmail scandal on the time. 

Deschamps’ present squad has already been rocked by accidents to stars Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, plus defender Presnel Kimpembe, which ended the World Cup participation hopes of all three.  

France felt it underperformed on the European Championships final 12 months, dropping to Switzerland in a spherical of 16 sport the place Benzema scored twice however the protection caved inexplicably within the closing minutes. 

And regardless of the coach’s achievement from 4 years in the past, Deschamps’ job has even been referred to as into query, together with his former World Cup-winning colleague (from 1998) Zinedine Zidane publicly asserting his want to take the place. 

All of which provides as much as a sequence of hurdles for Deschamps’ to beat if they’re to hope for a repeat of their medical surge to the 2018 title. The squad will see motion for the primary time in Group D on Tuesday, the place they are going to be a powerful favourite in opposition to Australia (-345 in line with FOX Guess odds).  

A more durable check in opposition to Denmark follows, earlier than wrapping up group motion in opposition to Tunisia on Nov. 30. 

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