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World Cup 2022: Benzema has been disqualified from the tournament

French striker Karim Benzema was ruled out of the 2022 World Cup after he injured his left thigh during training on Saturday in Doha.

An MRI scan confirmed that the Real Madrid captain had suffered a muscle tear and would be out of action for three weeks.

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will now be the first since 1978 not to include the current Ballon d’Or winner.

“I’ve never given up in my life but tonight I have to think about the team, as I always have.

That’s why he tells me to give my place to someone who can help our team have a great World Cup,” Benzema wrote on Instagram.

On Tuesday, France will begin the defense of the trophy they won four years ago against Australia.

According to FIFA rules, the French national team has 24 hours before its first match to confirm the replacement of Benzema in the squad.

Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Marcus Thuram and Ousmane Dembele are the other strikers remaining in the French squad.

World Cup 2022: Benzema has been disqualified from the tournament

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