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Benzema’s recovery progressing well, but return for the derby highly unlikely

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Karim Benzema’s injury against Celtic in Glasgow last week came as a major blow for Real Madrid. The 34-year-old is one of the most pivotal cogs in Carlo Ancelotti’s side with no cover and backup for his position in the squad.

So, his getting injured was always going to sting the Merengues. However, it would be safe to say that they have, at least so far, have navigated the period without their ace goalscorer fairly successfully.

Los Blancos beat Celtic 3-0, with all goals coming after Benzema’s substitution. They also triumphed over RCD Mallorca this past weekend, banging in four goals in the La Liga clash.

While signs on the pitch are positive, it seems like they have plenty of reasons for optimism with Benzema’s recovery from his injury as well. Indeed, as reported by MARCA, the French international’s rehabilitation is progressing very well so far.

The Frenchman underwent his training indoors on Tuesday while the rest of the group toughed it out on the pitch ahead of the UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig later tonight, which he will miss.

Benzema did step out for a bit but quickly returned inside, although there is a chance that he might train on the grass today. Despite the progress shown, though, the striker’s involvement in the derby against Atletico Madrid at the weekend seems highly unlikely.

The Real Madrid superstar has previously played with an injury in important games as he did against PSG last season. However, he and the team are reluctant to take any risk with his recovery this time out.

So, Benzema will only be considered for selection against Atletico only if he is 100% fit. The international break coming up will afford him an extended two-week break to recuperate, provided he does not opt to join the France squad for their UEFA Nations league encounters.

For now, though, the 34-year-old hitman is recovering quickly and it bodes well for Real Madrid.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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