Karim Benzema is a doubt for the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Athletic Club

Karim Benzema is a doubt for the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Athletic Club

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24 Jan 2022
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Benzema was holding the back of his leg as he was substituted for Luka Jovic in the 58th minute of their 2-2 draw, believed to have suffered an injury to his hamstring.

It is believed that Benzema went off as a precaution

It was far from the ideal matchday against Elche for Real Madrid, as they dropped two points and saw Karim Benzema pick up an injury. Benzema was holding the back of his leg as he was substituted for Luka Jovic in the 58th minute of their 2-2 draw, believed to have suffered an injury to his hamstring. Real Madrid fans at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday were worried to see their star man depart the field with the side trailing 1-0 to Elche, knowing that any extended absence from the side could be disastrous for Los Blancos. It is believed that Benzema went off as a precaution, which is more reassuring for Real Madrid, and he will go for tests.

Real Madrid will hope that Karim can be back to himself for the game against Villarreal

The extent of Benzema’s injury is yet to be seen, but he is a doubt for the Copa del Rey quarter-final against Athletic Club on Thursday, February 3. The good news is that this next fixture is ten days away. If he cannot return immediately after that, he could also miss the LaLiga fixture against Granada on Sunday, February 6. After that, Real Madrid will hope that Benzema can be back to himself for the game against Villarreal ahead of their all-important Champions League round of 16 first leg against PSG on Tuesday, February 15. Serbian striker Luka Jovic replaced Benzema during the game against Elche and has had a moment of brilliance this season with a goal and assist against Real Sociedad back in December.

 

However, he blows hot and cold for Real Madrid and has failed to nail down a starting place since signing from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019.

Another backup to Benzema is Mariano, who has only featured on three occasions in LaLiga Santander this season, missing recent games through injury. One of the main concerns regarding Jovic and Mariano is their lack of minutes. Benzema has played 2,359 minutes so far this season while Jovic (432 minutes) and Mariano (178) lag behind massively. Real Madrid will be optimistic that Benzema won’t be out for an extended period and hopeful that others on the side can contribute to the goals, as Vinicius has been the only other prolific player in the team so far this campaign. He is now suspended for the next league game.

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