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Just in: Benzema could be out of Sevilla clash after picking up fresh injury

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Just as Karim Benzema was looking like he had regained his rhythm after an injury layoff, it seems like the 34-year-old is set for another stint on the sidelines.

As reported by Jorge C Picon, the Ballon d’Or winner walked out of Real Madrid’s training session with an injury earlier today and is set to miss the clash against Sevilla on Saturday.

While the injury is not expected to be a serious one, it is set to keep the French international out of action when Jorge Sampaoli’s side visit the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow.

Benzema had been struggling with an injury prior to the international break and only made his return earlier this month. Having looked scratchy in the first few matches, he was close to being back to his best after scoring goals against Barcelona and Elche.

However, the latest setback will come as a blow for Carlo Ancelotti & co. as they lose their star striker once again to an injury.

During Benzema’s absence last time out Rodrygo Goes occupied the centre-forward position and performed admirably. The Brazilian could once again be needed to step in to the role when Los Blancos host Sevilla tomorrow.

Benzema, who won the Ballon d’Or earlier this week, has already missed four of Real Madrid’s 15 matches in all competitions this season.

UPDATE: Contrary to reports, Benzema is not injured and has been included in the squad list to face Sevilla.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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