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Relief for Real Madrid as Benzema’s injury not serious, striker out for 7-10 days

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In Real Madrid’s away 3-0 victory against Celtic on Tuesday night, the visiting fans had their hearts in their mouths after Karim Benzema sustained a knee injury.

The 34-year-old limped off the pitch, with Eden Hazard being brought on to replace him in the 30th minute. As fans were worried about the extent of the injury suffered by the Frenchman, positive updates have emerged ever since.

As per the latest information provided by Melchor Ruiz, Benzema’s injury is believed not to be serious. The veteran striker underwent medical tests at the Valdebebas training ground earlier today and the results indicate that his condition is not as worse as feared initially.

Similarly, Edu Aguirre has also claimed that the Los Blancos skipper will not be out of action for long, with the results of the tests for his latest knock deemed as positive.

Building on the same, AS is reporting that Benzema has not sustained any major damage to his meniscus, but is suffering from bursitis in his right knee. He is expected to be out for seven to ten days at most.

It would mean that he will miss the matches against RCD Mallorca and RB Leipzig, while his involvement in the derby against Atletico Madrid will be doubtful as well.

Ultimately, it may be a blessing in disguise for the club’s second-highest goalscorer of all time to rest and recuperate.

Last season, Benzema started in 31 out of 38 La Liga games, while also playing from the off in every Champions League fixture for the Spanish giants.

Whilst the former Lyon striker also enjoyed his finest season to date and is the favourite to win his first Ballon d’Or later this year, it has seemingly come at the cost of his health.

To add to that, the fact that Benzema has played every possible minute in the ongoing campaign as well has not helped his case whatsoever.

It is worth saying that the fears amongst Real Madrid’s fanbase about not signing an understudy to their talismanic goalscorer seem to have been justified.

Considering the European champions are so dependent on the UEFA Nations League winner for goals and his overall game, situations such as an unexpected injury could be mitigated with the presence of an able understudy.

Ultimately, Madridistas can thank their lucky stars that Karim Benzema will be expected to return on the pitch soon.

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Real Madrid preparing ‘huge summer revolution’ with three mega targets

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Real Madrid were relatively less active than usual during the recently-concluded winter transfer window, with the club not making any notable moves in the transfer market.

However, the coming summer could be an important one for the club, especially with a string of players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season. While the Merengues have already prepared for renewals, they are also keen on strengthening the squad by bringing in new players.

To that end, a report from Tomas Gonzalez suggests Real Madrid are planning for a ‘big revolution’ in the coming summer.

The Spanish champions have identified three top targets in the form of Jude Bellingham, Dusan Vlahovic and Josko Gvardiol. The club are determined to sign all three targets in the coming summer, as they look to shore up their options in every position.

Bellingham has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for quite some time now, with various reports claiming that the Englishman is the club’s priority target in the summer as they look to find a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.

As far as Gvardiol is concerned, the Croatian was one of the best-performing defenders in the World Cup. Although a centre-back by trade, Gvardiol’s ability to operate at left-back should make him an excellent asset for Carlo Ancelotti, who has struggled with depth in the fullback spots this season.

Vlahovic, meanwhile, was reportedly offered to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The Whites were not too keen on splashing the money in the middle of the season, but it appears they are considering a move for the Serbian in the summer.

Vlahovic will likely be considered as a direct replacement for Karim Benzema, who has had issues with injuries. The Frenchman, in fact, has recently suffered a knock in the game against Valencia and is likely to be ruled out against Mallorca on Sunday.

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