LaLiga News: Deschamps ‘very sorry’ for Benzema as France superstar excluded from World Cup

    Didier Deschamps vowed the show must go on for France after the latest crushing blow to their World Cup hopes saw Karim Benzema expelled from the tournament.

    Pain in the quadriceps muscle of the left thigh, more precisely, an injury to the rectus femoris, means that the winner of the Golden Ball of Real Madrid will not participate in the Qatar 2022 final.

    Benzema, who missed out on Les Bleus’ triumph at the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to an ongoing blackmail investigation, was hoping to play a bigger role in defending the trophy this time around.

    He has struggled to prove his fitness since a recent injury battle at Madrid and Saturday’s practice was his first full game against France at that camp.

    However, the 34-year-old man could not pass unscathed, feeling discomfort. He was concerned about muscle fatigue in his left quadriceps while playing with the club, and this may be a recurrence of this problem.

    The French Football Federation said Benzema underwent an MRI at a Doha hospital and has three weeks to recover. He has been left out of the France squad and Deschamps could call for a replacement.

    Deschamps said: “I feel very sorry for Karim, who has made this World Cup his main goal.”

    World Cup winners France will start their defense against Australia on Tuesday before also taking on Denmark and Tunisia in Group D.

    Deschamps has Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud as standout forwards, but the loss of Benzema is a major blow nonetheless. This follows how France also lost RB Leipzig high-scoring player Christopher Nkunku this week to a knee ligament injury sustained in training.

    They are also missing star midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante due to injuries and must be wondering what the coming weeks have in store for them.

    Deschamps is determined to raise a positive note, saying: “Despite this new blow, I have complete confidence in my team. We are going to do everything to cope with the huge challenge that lies ahead of us.”

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