Benzema facing uphill battle to be fit for Madrid derby

Karim Benzema, Real Madrid

Karim Benzema is reportedly losing his battle to be fit for Real Madrid‘s La Liga clash with Atletico Madrid on Sunday night.

The 34-year-old has missed his side’s last two games against Mallorca and RB Leipzig due to the muscular problem that he picked up in the Champions League clash with Celtic on September 6.

Speaking ahead of the match with Leipzig on Wednesday, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti said that there was “a chance” of the France international returning for the Madrid derby.

“There’s a chance, as he is evolving well. But he’ll only play if there are no concerns at all,” the Italian told reporters during his press conference before the European affair.

Meanwhile, when asked about the striker after the match, Ancelotti said that he would be ‘evaluated over the next few days’ before a final decision was made.

Real Madrid had a recovery training session on Thursday morning, with Benzema still absent, and according to journalist Carlos Rodriguez, the Frenchman is facing an uphill battle to be available this weekend.



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