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Real Madrid being extra cautious with superstar’s injury ahead of crucial fixtures



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Despite Karim Benzema being out injured in Real Madrid’s last three games, the European champions have ensured his absence is not felt during this period, with three wins on the trot.

However, Madridistas await the return to fitness of their club captain, who is indisputably the standout player at the club.

While it seems like a matter of time till the Frenchman is back doing what he does best for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, a new revelation explains why extra care is being taken this time around to ensure he recovers from injury.

As per a report by Mundo Deportivo, the knee injury sustained by Benzema against Celtic is anything but a recent issue.

In fact, the former Lyon frontman has been suffering from a joint-related problem called bursitis, which has affected his knee for quite a while now.

Keeping that in mind, Ancelotti does not want to take any risks with the 34-year-old’s fitness, especially considering that Los Blancos are set to play a staggering nine matches in the upcoming month of October, including the El Clasico against Barcelona.

The veteran is believed to be receiving treatment at the Valdebebas, doing recovery exercises while not being tasked with any pressure of time whilst doing so.

However, it is stated that the club icon will be asked to pick up the pace this week as he continues his recovery process, leading to the possibility that he could be in contention to face CA Osasuna after the end of the international break.

Considering a long-term injury issue is at play in the case of Benzema, the club’s approach of letting the five-time Champions League winner take his time to fully recover is advisable.

With Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Federico Valverde picking up the baton in his absence, Real Madrid can afford Benzema the time needed for him to fully recover.

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Real Madrid defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million



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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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