The defender of the Brazilian national team, Éder Militão, declared himself “very sad” this Sunday, November 20, due to the injury of Frenchman Karim Benzema, who is his teammate at Real Madrid, which left him out of the World Cup in Qatar.
“I am very sad because he is a great player, the current best player in the world. I haven’t sent him a message yet, but I’m going to do it because I admire him, I have enormous affection for him,” the 24-year-old defender told reporters after Brazil’s first training session in Doha.
in that same senseMilitão wished a “good recovery” to the brand new Ballon d’Or, whose absence due to injury, announced this Sunday, leaves the defending champions even more battered, already decimated by the absences of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté, Mike Maignan, Presnel Kimpembe and Christopher Nkunku.
“It is clear that France loses a great player”said the South American, who declared himself relieved because the ‘Canarinha’ is “without any casualties”.
Led by Neymar, Tite’s ‘Seleção’ trained this Sunday afternoon at the Grand Hamad stadium, in the Qatari capital, where he arrived the day before after five days of training in the Italian city of Turin.
The five-time champions, one of the favorite teams for the titlethey did a light practice with defense and attack exercises from the sides, without giving clues to the starting eleven that will debut on Thursday against Serbia.
“I see Brazil as a great team, but the World Cup is a very big competition, one of the most important in the world,” said the central defender, who can also play as a right-back, a position that Danilo has made his own over veteran Dani Alves.
About the World Cup debut, Militão highlighted the offensive power of the Serbswith Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic at the helm.
“They are great players, they have strength, a lot of quality. We study our opponents a lot and prepare for everything, we have to be very careful with those players. In the World Cup, whoever errs less, ends up being victorious, ”he added.
The ‘scratch’, which won the World Cup for the last time in 2002, It integrates Group G together with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
Karim Benzema misses the Qatar 2022 World Cup
Karim Benzema, current Ballon d’Or, will not participate in the Qatar 2022 Soccer World Cup due to a quadriceps injury in his left thigh.
The French team was in charge of sharing the news that football fans are crying. What was expected was that the 34-year-old striker will dazzle as with his club, Real Madrid. In addition, it is the second loss of importance in the contest in less than a week, the other was that of the Senegalese Sadio Mané.
“Struck in the quadriceps of his left thigh, Karim Benzema is forced to give up participating in the World Cup. The whole team shares Karim’s sadness and wishes him a speedy recovery.”published the France team on Twitter.
Minutes before the official communiqué, the media le parisien had released the scoop. “The sentence is final. After passing the exams in the afternoon at the Aspetar hospital, the clinic par excellence in Doha, the Frenchman must miss the World Cupaccording to our information”, the publication reads.
The absence of Benzema in the reigning world champion is added to that of N’Golo Kanté, who could not recover from his hamstring injury, and Paul Pogba, due to a knee injury.
*With information from AFP.