The new season is not even one month in and Carlo Ancelotti already faces an acute injury crisis in his squad. Karim Benzema and Eder Militao suffered injuries in the team’s game against Celtic in Glasgow and face over two weeks out. Now, another name has joined that list.
Real Madrid have officially announced that medical tests carried out on Lucas Vazquez reveal an injury to the Gracilis muscle of his right thigh. His recovery will dictate his return, but it is expected that he will be out for another 2-3 weeks, at least.
The right-back was forced off in the final 20 minutes against Mallorca, with Daniel Carvajal replacing him off the bench. This comes as a big blow to Ancelotti’s plans as the Spaniard was performing at a very high level this season.
In his 71 minutes on Sunday, Vazquez was defensively sound with a clearance, two interceptions and two tackles. He also won seven duels and made one key pass on the night.
The 31-year-old is ruled out of Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League clash against RB Leipzig midweek, and Carvajal is expected to start at right-back in his absence. Needless to say, Ancelotti will hope to have his player back before the Madrid Derby next week.
In four league games this season, the defender has scored one goal and averages over six defensive actions per game. It is difficult to believe that the player was a winger for the team a few seasons ago, for he is now well established as the backup right-back in the side.
Real Madrid forward’s contract extension is imminent
If there’s one thing to note about Karim Benzema’s career trajectory, it is that he has only improved over time.
Just last season, the French international enjoyed his finest individual campaign till date, with 44 goals and 15 assists in all competitions.
However, a question mark lingers around the club captain’s future, with his current contract set to expire next summer. A new update has emerged around the Los Blancos legend’s contractual situation, which is set to put a smile on every Madridista’s face.
As per the latest information provided by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano on the ‘Here We Go’ podcast, Karim Benzema’s contract renewal with the European champions is imminent.
Despite turning 35 in December this year, the veteran remains in the conversation for being the best striker in the world, alongside Manchester City’s Erling Haaland and Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski.
So much so that the five-time Champions League winner is the favourite to win his first-ever Ballon d’Or later this year.
Whilst Benzema has suffered a knee injury this term, he has still managed to register three goals in five league starts.
With all signs pointing to the Los Merengues icon still being at the peak of his powers, it only makes sense why the club are intending on tying him down to a brand-new deal.
Alongside Vinicius Jr., Karim Benzema has managed to form the deadliest forward duo in Europe since the start of the 2021/22 campaign. And considering Real Madrid’s aim to triumph on multiple fronts for the upcoming seasons, it is vital that the experienced goalscorer stays put at the club.
Despite the successful coup of Aurelien Tchouameni, handing Benzema a fresh contract may be the club’s signing of the season.