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Official: Real Madrid release update regarding Karim Benzema’s injury

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After a lot of conjecture and speculation over the past 12-18 hours, Real Madrid have issued a definitive update on the injury of star striker Karim Benzema.

The 34-year-old striker hobbled off just thirty minutes into the game against Celtic on Tuesday night and fans have been sweating over his situation ever since.

Varying reports over his condition have been doing the rounds since the incident. But after carrying tests on his injured knee earlier today, Real Madrid have issued an update on his condition.

“Following tests carried out on our player Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the semitendinosus tendon and a strain to the quadricep muscle in his right thigh. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Reports from Spain indicated that the 34-year-old centre-forward might be sidelined for around ten days due to the injury. It would effectively rule him out of the weekend’s La Liga clash against RCD Mallorca and the subsequent Champions League clash versus RB Leipzig.

On top of that, Benzema will likely be unavailable for the big game against Atletico Madrid prior to the international break, which will be a blow for Los Blancos.

Real Madrid will be hoping that Benzema recovers quickly and is soon back on the pitch as they have no reliable backup for him.

In his absence, Eden Hazard is likely to get the nod in the No. 9 role after he scored in the win against Celtic on Tuesday.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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