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.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father:
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.