injuryKarim Benzema is unlikely to be available for Real Madrid against Villarreal either. The goalscorer is working towards a goal of making his comeback against Paris Saint-Germain. However, the question arises as to whether he himself would be 100 percent for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
Real Madrid also in Villarreal without Benzema
MADRID. Nothing came of it on Thursday either. After Karim Benzema was substituted on January 23 in the LaLiga game against FC Elche (2-2), he has not yet completed a single full training session with the team. Rather, it is currently not even enough for him to be at least partially with the team. That was only the case on Friday last week.
The injury in the rear left thigh is causing the 34-year-old Frenchman a lot more trouble than initially thought. So much so that a match on Saturday in the Primera División against FC Villarreal (4:15 p.m., in the REAL OVERALL-Liveticker and DAZN) is practically impossible. Carlo Ancelotti actually had hopes for this encounter that the comeback would be something. “He will definitely be available for the next game”said the coach before the encounter with Granada FC.
Karim Benzema is working towards PSG
Because the royals are away from the current sixth in the table, they would need number 9 well. However, one thing is clear: the cracker against Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday is definitely a priority and is too important to risk something in Villarreal even with a short attempt.
A blunder in the Estadio de la Cerámica would be easier to make up for in the second half of the season than a bad outcome in the first showdown with PSG. For the challenge in the Parc de Princes, Real urgently needs their best scorer, and he himself will not want to miss these 90 minutes under any circumstances.
“Benzema plays a major role in the analysis”
However, even in the event of a squad nomination, there should at least be doubts as to whether Benzema would be in the best possible condition for the duel with Paris. It would be his first assignment in a little over three weeks, before that he had also seemed exhausted in one or the other game.
Meanwhile, the Benzema personnel does not make it easier for PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino to plan the round of 16. “He’s a great player who shows his talent at Real Madrid year after year. If he isn’t there it will be a significant loss for Real Madrid. I wouldn’t say it favors Paris, but it’s clear he’s a top striker. In the analysis, it plays a big role whether Benzema plays or not.”said the Argentine at a press conference held by the Ligue 1 club on Thursday.
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Karim Benzema: The hope is Paris – Villarreal not an issue
Karim Benzema is unlikely to be available for Real Madrid against Villarreal either. The goalscorer is working towards a goal of making his comeback against Paris Saint-Germain. However, the question arises as to whether he himself would be 100 percent for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16.
2/10/2022, 2:33 p.m