After a slow start to the season, Karim Benzema picked up an injury against Celtic in the Champions League, ruling him out for nearly a month. The Frenchman missed games against Mallorca, RB Leipzig, and Atletico Madrid; all of which Madrid won.
However, the Frenchman has been included in the squad list for the game against Osasuna tonight, which is obviously a huge boost for Los Blancos.
Just when they thought they are slowly getting their best team back on the pitch, Thibaut Courtois has picked up an injury, officially confirmed by Real Madrid.
“After the tests carries out on Thibaut Courtois, he has been diagnosed with left sciatica”, the medical report read.
Parte médico de Courtois.#RealMadrid— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) October 2, 2022
Sciatica is the pain caused when the nerve running down from your lower back to your feet – sciatica – is irritated or compressed.
Naturally, his recovery will determine the length of his injury, but reports from COPE say that the player is expected to have recovered in time for El Clasico two weeks later.
As for today, Andriy Lunin will likely take Courtois’ place in goal. The Ukrainian kept two clean sheets during the international break, and was extremely reliable when called upon last season.
Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report
Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact.
As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.
The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.
Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.
Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.
In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.
From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.
In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.