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Real Madrid could be in huge trouble as Benzema’s injury sends alarm bells ringing

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Going into the season with Karim Benzema as the only out-and-out striker was always going to be a risk for Real Madrid despite Carlo Ancelotti insisting that he plans to use the likes of Rodrygo Goes and Eden Hazard in the No. 9 role.

Less than a month into the campaign, Real Madrid are now sweating over the French goalscorer’s fitness. Benzema picked up a knee injury just thirty minutes into Los Blancos’ Champions League opener against Celtic on Tuesday night.

Ancelotti downplayed the injury as nothing major while reports early on Wednesday morning also insisted that there was optimism surrounding the 34-year-old’s situation.

However, the latest reports from journalist Carlos Rodriguez do not make for good reading for Real Madrid fans.

As per the journalist, the feelings surrounding Benzema’s injury currently ‘are not good’. The Frenchman will be subjected to medical examinations either today or tomorrow following which the full extent of his injury and the subsequent time on the sidelines will emerge.

For now, though, it seems like Benzema has been all but ruled out of the upcoming La Liga game against RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Hazard, who scored against Celtic, in line to start as the centre-forward.

If the Frenchman’s injury is serious, it could threaten to derail Los Merengues’ defence of the La Liga and Champions League titles. The UEFA Best Player of the Year was the driving force behind the Spanish capital club’s success last season and any time he spends on the sidelines will be a blow.

For now, the feeling surrounding Benzema’s injury situation is not good and a clear picture of his condition should come to light once the medical tests are conducted later today or some time tomorrow.

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Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report

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Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.

Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.

The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.

A potential departure

As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.

Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.

Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.

A top target for Real Madrid. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.

Agreement complete

As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.

As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.

Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.

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