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Real Madrid superstar Benzema expected to recover fully in two weeks – report
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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Brazilian national team ‘dreaming’ of working with Ancelotti – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Brazilian national team are ‘dreaming’ of appointing Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as their next manager.
The Selecao decided to part ways with Tite after the team underdelivered in the FIFA World Cup 2022. Ramon Menezes has taken charge of the senior team for the time being until a permanent appointment is made.
And, the Brazil Football Confederation is clear about who their preferred target is. Ancelotti has been heavily linked with the South American nation in recent months and comments from players like Ederson, Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Jr have only served to further fuel the rumours.
Now, Romano is claiming that Brazil dream of naming Ancelotti as their manager and are hoping that he will be parting ways with Real Madrid at the end of the season.
As far as the situation at the club is concerned, Romano states that Real Madrid are working hard to protect Ancelotti from external pressure as they want him to remain focused on winning the UEFA Champions League this season.
The Italian tactician remains in 100% control of the team at the moment and the club are trying to shield him from external factors.
However, at the same time, trophies are a must at a club of this stature and hence, Romano adds that Real Madrid have a potential list of candidates to take over.
Thomas Tuchel was among the names on the list, but has signed for Bayern Munich. Raul Gonzalez, currently in charge of the Castilla team, is also being looked at along with former Tottenham and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino.
As of now, Ancelotti remains in control of things at Real Madrid and any decision on his future will only be made at the end of the season. And, Brazil are lying in wait to pounce if an opportunity to sign the Italian manager presents itself.