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Real Madrid superstar unlikely to play vs Osasuna, will not be risked before Liverpool

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In a major update, journalist Alberto Pereiro of Onda Cero is reporting that Real Madrid captain Karim Benzema is unlikely to play against CA Osasuna this weekend.

The 35-year-old scored a brace as Los Blancos thumped Elche to a 4-0 win on Wednesday night. However, as per the update, the Frenchman finished the game with slight discomfort.

With Real Madrid set to face Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League next week, the reigning Spanish and European champions do not wish to risk their captain ahead of such an important encounter.

Thus, Benzema is unlikely to feature in Pamplona this weekend as the Merengues lock horns with Osasuna.

Benzema has had a number of injury and fitness concerns this season. He has missed as many as 11 matches across all competitions with physical problems and Real Madrid have not always been able to shine in his injury-enforced absence even though Rodrygo has done fairly well as backup.

So far this term, Benzema has played 22 matches in all competitions and has produced a return of 14 goals and four assists.

Benzema is not the only player likely to miss the match against Osasuna as Toni Kroos is yet to recover from his gastroenteritis and is a serious doubt for the clash.

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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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