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.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.