According to Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid superstar and captain Karim Benzema should recover fully from his injury in two weeks, following which he will undergo a training programme specially designed by Antonio Pintus.
Benzema has endured an injury-riddled 2022/23 campaign thus far. The 34-year-old was struggling with muscle problems over the past month or so which led to him missing a chunk of matches for Real Madrid prior to the World Cup break.
Having been named in the France squad for the World Cup, Benzema had resumed light training with the national team in Qatar before a fresh training injury ruled him out of the competition.
Following the heartbreak of missing yet another World Cup, Benzema has returned to Madrid and is undergoing rehabilitation. And, it is now being claimed that the 2022 Ballon d’Or winner should recover completely in two weeks’ time.
Following that, Benzema will put on a specially designed “pre-season” by the club’s fitness and conditioning coach, Antonio Pintus to help him prepare for the second half of the campaign.
Real Madrid will resume the defence of their La Liga title on December 30 with a trip to Real Valladolid. And reports suggest that Benzema should be fully fit and ready for that contest.
Benzema has played just 12 of Real Madrid’s 21 matches across all competitions in 2022/23. The club captain, who will be turning 35 in a couple of weeks, has netted six goals and set up one more in those appearances.
Despite his injury troubles this term, Carlo Ancelotti & co. are reported to be uninterested in signing a new centre-forward in the January transfer window. Instead, the Merengues will continue to back Rodrygo Goes to fill in as a striker and provide cover for Benzema.
Real Madrid set upper limit for Jude Bellingham’s signing in the summer – report
Real Madrid are hot on the trail of Jude Bellingham over a transfer in the summer of 2023 in the hopes of revamping their midfielder completely.
Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, and Aurelien Tchouameni will already form the heart of their midfield for the next decade or so, and someone like Bellingham can add immeasurable quality and competition to it.
That said, Madrid already know about the competition they will face in pursuit of the Englishman, and have set an upper price limit for his signing, according to a report published by SPORT.
They are not ready to offer anything more than what they paid for Tchouameni in the summer – €80 million + €20 million. That is far from what Borussia Dortmund want for the midfielder, though.
The Yellow and Black have valued the English midfielder around €150 million, nearly double what they received for Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland individually.
Madrid are not along in the race for Bellingham, either. Previous reports have quoted interest from Manchester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool, but it seems unlikely that any of them apart from Chelsea will want to shell out €150 million on one player.
Bellingham has been in incredible form this season, and also has three goals and two assists to his name in the Bundesliga to back his performances up. The 19-year-old has been unplayable in the Champions League, too, with four goals and an assist in five games.
As England geared up to face Iran for the opening matchday of the FIFA World Cup, the Dortmund midfielder opened the scoring for the Three Lions in the 35th minute. If he can maintain his form, it seems unlikely that BVB will budge from their asking price.