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'No Benzema, no Mane, no Ballon d'Or winner, World Cup will be boring' - Dismayed fans

11:06 GMT+3 20/11/2022
Many supporters have voiced their immense disappointment after the French forward joined his Senegal rival on the treatment table

France striker Karim Benzema is the latest star to be ruled out of the 2022 World Cup which will start in Qatar on Sunday.

The Real Madrid forward was injured in training on Friday and will need about three weeks to heal meaning he will miss the competition.

Benzema will join Senegal international Sadio Mane on the treatment table after he suffered a knee injury, so the Ballon d'Or winner and the runner-up will not feature.

Here are the best fan reactions after the Benzema news broke late on Saturday night.

  • La Marseillaise Equipe de France Griezmann Mbappé Giroud

    Giroud, Mbappe to do the job

    Benzema isn't the big deal to replace neither Nkunku if you really watch them. [Olivier] Giroud and [Kylian] Mbappe complement each other - Cruyff1899


    How far can France go?

    With Karim Benzema now out of the World Cup, how far will the title holders France go in Qatar 2022? - Mutwiri Mutuota

  • FIFA World Cup trophy

    Boring World Cup?

    This year's world cup will be so boring! No Benzema, no [Paul] Pogba, no [N'Golo] Kante, no [Sadio] Mane - Baraja Maluna

  • France's forward Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Nations League

    Giroud's time

    Benzema out of the World Cup. Giroud will definitely break the top scorer record now - Apollo


    France should train easy

    Karim Benzema has had a vibrant year cut short and misses out his probably last World Cup with a training-triggered injury. The France camp must train easy now, the pressure of being a defending champion is getting worse - Zotel Mabiria

  • Anthony Martial Manchester United 2022-23

    Will Martial do the job?

    Benzema is out, no problem the new Henry [Anthony Martial] is going to the World Cup - Azooz Alkhaldi


    No Benzema, no Mane, how?

    How will the World Cup without Karim Benzema of France and Sadio Mane of Senegal look like? - Mboya Kevin

  • Karim Benzema Francia Qatar 2022

    Benzema missing his probably last World Cup

    Benzema out of the World Cup is sad man! Especially as this would almost certainly be his last - Flex

  • Benzema Ballon d'Or 2022

    Benzema sold his soul

    Benzema really sold his soul for that Ballon d'Or - Xanax