Karim Benzema has been ruled out of the contest between Real Madrid and Sevilla which will take place later tonight, the club have confirmed officially.
Benzema had picked up some discomfort in training yesterday following which reports emerged that the Frenchman will not be involved in the game.
However, it soon emerged that the striker was not ruled out of the contest, following which he was even included in the squad list by manager Carlo Ancelotti.
But later on Friday, reports claimed that a call on Benzema’s availability would be taken after carrying out some tests on him on the day of the match. And it has now emerged that the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner is not ready to participate when Los Blancos face Sevilla.
“After the tests carried out today on our player Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid Medical Services, muscle fatigue has been detected in the quadriceps of his left leg. Pending evolution,” the statement read.
This comes as a blow for Real Madrid, considering that the superstar striker was just starting to recover his form, with goals in back-to-back matches against Barcelona and Elche.
Ancelotti & co. will now hope that the nature of his injury is not serious and he makes a swift recovery ahead of an important run-in before the World Cup.
Benzema will make an appearance at the Bernabeu to present the Ballon d’Or, reports Miguel Angel Diaz of COPE. However, the journalist adds that the 34-year-old will likely miss the next game against RB Leipzig as well.
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As Real Madrid gear up for their biggest test of the 2023/24 season so far against Atletico Madrid, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for the game at the Civitas Metropolitano.
The biggest news is the inclusion of star forward Vinicius Jr in the squad, with the Brazilian seemingly making an ultra-swift recovery from his injury to make himself available for the Madrid derby.
Meanwhile, Jude Bellingham also makes the squad list after there were some concerns about his situation as he had a stomach issue on Friday.
Arda Guler has trained with the team but is still not ready for his debut while Dani Carvajal also misses out with injury. Thibaut Courtois and Eder Militao remain long-term absentees.
Ferland Mendy makes a return to the squad list for a La Liga match after having recovered fully from his injury.
Youngster Nico Paz is still missing due to a knock that led to his absence in the midweek Champions League clash against Union Berlin.