Ballon D'Or winner Benzema ruled out of World Cup

DOHA (AFP) — Ballon D'Or winner Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the World Cup with a left thigh injury on Saturday, Nov. 19, dealing a serious blow to defending champions France's hopes of retaining the trophy.

France's forward Karim Benzema takes part in a training session at the Jassim-bin-Hamad Stadium in Doha, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. Karim Benzema left a training session injured on November 19, 2022 (AFP)

The 34-year-old's injury -- suffered in training earlier on Saturday -- would require "three weeks of convalescence", the French Federation said in a statement.

The Real Madrid striker has been struggling with a thigh problem since October and has played less than half an hour of football in his club's last six games.