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Karim Benzema: France striker out of World Cup 2022 with thigh injury

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France striker Karim Benzema is out of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after he sustained a thigh injury in training.

Benzema won the 2022 Ballon d’Or, given to the player of the year in world football, after helping Real Madrid win the Champions League and La Liga.

The French national team said he had suffered a thigh problem and would not be able to feature in tournament.

“The whole team shares Karim’s sadness and wishes him a speedy recovery,” it added.

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