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Benzema posts heart-warming message after being ruled out of the World Cup

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Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema was ruled out of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and following the news, the Ballon d’Or winner posted a message on his social media channels, expressing his disappointment.

“In my life, I never give up, but tonight I have to think about the team as I always do, so reason tells me to leave my place to someone who can help our team have a great World Cup. Thank you for all your messages of support,” wrote the veteran forward.

Didier Deschamps’ French national team has suffered several casualties ahead of the World Cup this season as apart from Benzema, the likes of Christopher Nkunku, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, and Presnel Kimpembe have all been ruled out through injuries.

Speaking about the situation, of Benzema’s in particular, Deschamps said that despite the forward’s absence, the rest of the team will do everything possible to retain the title.

“I am very sad for Karim, who had made this World Cup an important goal. Despite this new blow, I have full confidence in my group. We will do everything we can to overcome the enormous challenge that awaits us,” the coach was quoted by MARCA.

For now, although there is no official confirmation Wissam Ben Yedder, Moussa Diaby, Anthony Martial and Martin Terrier are in line to replace the injured Benzema.

For Benzema, the 34-year-old has been battling fitness issues this season after virtually playing every game last campaign. Despite playing only seven La Liga games, he has scored five goals followed by an assist.

Benzema’s last appearance before the World Cup break came in Madrid’s 5-1 win over Celtic in Real Madrid’s final Champions League group stage game.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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