Karim Benzema, a key player for France, will miss the 2022 World Cup due to a quad injury.

Karim Benzema, a striker for France, injured his quad during practice on Saturday and has been ruled out of the 2022 World Cup.Near the conclusion of France's training session,

34-year-old Benzema allegedly experienced a severe ache in his left quad. His absence from the squad's opening match againstAustralia on Tuesday was initially determined to be

temporary, but the French national team later announced that he would miss the entire tournament.Benzema was scheduled to play in the World Cup for the first time since 2014.

Because of extortion allegations against him after he allegedly planned to blackmail a teammate over a sex tape, he was expelled from the national team and missed the 2018 

tournament that France won. In 2021, he joined the national team again after being away for over six years.Benzema was set to play in the World Cup despite missing time at

Real Madrid due to a knee issue he had been struggling with before the event. He has only appeared in seven La Liga games for Real this year, but he has five goals.His injury

worsens the injury crisis that France was already experiencing prior to the World Cup.N'Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, two midfielders who were crucial to France's victory four

years ago, have long been disqualified from the event. Christopher Nkunku missed the World Cup earlier this week due to an injury he sustained in practice. Mike Maignan,

the No. 2 goaltender, has been sidelined since October owing to a calf ailment, and defender Presnel Kimpembe withdrew from consideration for the national team due to an injury.

Although they expect to play in Qatar, centerbacks Jules Kounde and Raphael Varane are both coping with injuries they received during their club seasons.Along with Australia,

Denmark, and Tunisia, France is in Group D.Along with teammate Kylian Mbappe, Benzema was one of the favorites to win the Golden Boot award for top scorer prior to getting hurt.