If the situation of Real Madrid with injuries was already worrying and had raised a certain debate inside and outside the club, the injury of its top star and best scorer, Karim Benzema, does not help. The French forward will miss the league match against Real Valladolid that the white team will play this Saturday at the Jose Zorrilla Stadium (9:00 pm). The Frenchman suffers an annoyance, as explained by Zinedine Zidane at a press conference, which also makes him doubt in the face of the commitment of the knockout stages of the Champions League against Atalanta, next Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. in Bergamo.
Benzema received a strong blow to the heel in the first minutes of the game against Valencia last Sunday in Valdebebas, he was lying on the grass for a few moments and after being treated by the doctors he was able to continue playing and even scored the 1-0 of the by Zidane. That problem did not prevent him from acting normally during training sessions these days and it was yesterday when, according to his coach, he began to have discomforts different from those of the match against the Che team. He has something Zidane summed up, “and as he came up on Thursday, he won’t be against Valladolid tomorrow. We’ll see how he evolves and see what happens next week.
Madrid will face the trip to Pucela without Benzema, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Rodrygo, Fede Valverde, Odriozola, Marcelo, Eden Hazard, and Militao. These last two seem the footballers who could return sooner from the infirmary, but their presence in Italy is not assured. Thus, Zidane has an obligatory eleven left made up of Courtois, Lucas, Nacho, Varane, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Asensio, Vinicius, and Mariano, leaving open the possibility of including Isco Alarcon or some youth squad in Zorrilla, also thinking about the continental duel.
The footballers of the subsidiaryHugo Duro, Blanco, Víctor Chust, Miguel Gutiérrez, Carrillo, and Arribas completed this Friday’s session with the members of the first team. With Benzema’s, Madrid accumulates almost 40 injuries so far this season, something that bothered Zidane at the last press conference, “it is not bad luck”, and on what he wanted to insist today It is what there is. We want to avoid more injuries, everyone here tries that. Then there are many factors. We have to be patient and those of us have to give our best.
In Valladolid, the whites will have the opportunity to continue cutting points from Atlético de Madrid. There are 45 points at stake and we are going to continue with what we do,” said Zidane, who also referred to the extraordinary performances of Mbappé and Haaland during the first Champions League qualifiers. I like to see good football and see good players. They are very good and I enjoy it, like all the fans.