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Benzema has ‘practically recovered’ from injury, could resume training from Thursday – report

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It has been a difficult month for Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema. Due to some muscular problems, the 34-year-old missed a string of matches for his club prior to the mid-season break.

Just when he looked set to recover and join France for their FIFA World Cup campaign in Qatar, a training injury ruled him out of the tournament. It has been a difficult pill to swallow for the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner, who was not part of Les Bleus’ 2018 triumph in Russia.

Back in Madrid, Benzema has been working on his rehabilitation, and according to journalist Carlos Rodriguez, the veteran centre-forward has ‘practically recovered’ from his injury and could join the team when they resume training this week.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti will gather the players who have not travelled to Qatar for the World Cup and start training for the second half of the campaign from Thursday, December 1.

The likes of David Alaba, Nacho, Ferland Mendy, Dani Ceballos, Toni Kroos, Lucas Vazquez and Andriy Lunin will reconvene for training possibly along with some players from the Castilla squad.

And, as per the report from Carlos Rodriguez, Benzema, too, could be back training with the group as early as Thursday, as he has sufficiently recovered from his hip injury.

If true, it would come as a major boost for Real Madrid as they look to defend their La Liga crown. Los Blancos will resume their campaign with a visit to Estadio Jose Zorilla on December 30 when they face Real Valladolid.

And if things go to plan, Benzema should be available to feature for the reigning Spanish and European champions on that day.

The French striker has missed as many as nine matches for Real Madrid this season in all competitions. But he has still managed a healthy record of six goals and an assist from 12 matches.

Benzema will be hoping to make the most of this break to recover fully and help Los Blancos beat Barcelona in the title race.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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