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.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.