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Real Madrid superstar Benzema expected to recover fully in two weeks – report



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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.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target



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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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