DOHA, Qatar — Karim BenzemaThe Real Madrid forward is seen as critical to France’s Hoffnungen of As the first team in the history of retaining the title World Cup More than 50 years later, was forced to quit of Just 24 hours before the tournament begins, there was an injury.

The 34-year old Benzema, who last month won the Ballon d’Or, the prestigious award that anoints the world player of He sustained a injury to his left leg on Saturday during a training session. He was immediately removed from the team. of France’s Opening match against Australia. But scans later revealed that the damage to his brain was too severe for him to be able to participate in the tournament.

“I’ve never given up in my life but tonight I have to think of the team, as I have always done,” Benzema wrote on Instagram. “Reason tells me to give my place to someone who can help our squad have a great World Cup.”

Didier Deschamps (the French coach) said that he felt comfortable. “extremely sad” For Benzema, “who had made this World Cup a major objective.” Benzema Not enough France’s Participation in the 2018 tournament with victory of A long-running ostracism of the national team in relation to a blackmail scandal. The World Cup’s rules, Deschamps has 24 hours to name a replacement.

Benzema The injury to Sadio Mane in Qatar has not prevented him from being the headline act. The Senegal and Bayern Munich forward Sadio Mané was ruled out last week with a knee injury. Argentina has lost Giovani lo Celso, its midfielder. Germany will be without Timo Werner and Marco Reus forwards, while Portugal is without striker Diogo Jota.

France has been particularly hard hit. Also, BenzemaDeschamps will be the only player in the tournament without two of his first-choice midfielders, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, as well as the defender Presnel Kimpembé. Christopher Nkunku who would otherwise be Benzema’s obvious replacement, was ruled out after he was injured in a training session Last week.

“I have full confidence in my group,” Deschamps said. “We will do everything to meet the huge challenge that awaits us.”