Pessimism with Benzema

It has been confirmed that he has a small injury to the adductor. Together with Zidane and the medical team they will decide on Monday if he can play against Atalanta. It is very difficult for him.


The worst omens are confirmed: Karim Benzema has a small injury to the adductor. A mishap that comes a few days after the team travels to Bergamo to play against Atalanta in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. As this newspaper has learned, the coach, the medical staff and the player himself do not want to rule out their presence: on Sunday they will carry out a final test and on Monday they will decide. But it is very difficult, almost impossible. The feelings are not good and, with the important games that the team has on the horizon such as the derby or the second leg at the Di Stéfano, everything indicates that the decision will be made not to risk.

The cost could be too great. Zidane's policy has always been to wait for the player's full recovery and he doesn't seem to be changing it now. There is also the alternative of an infiltration that would allow Karim to play without pain, but it would be a patch that could further complicate the situation in case of worsening the injury.

This is Benzema's second injury this year. The forward was already out for ten days in November due to adductor problems that left him out of the game for three games. Without him in the eleven, the balance this season is not good: one victory (Inter), one draw (Villarreal) and two defeats (Alavés and Alcoyano, although he played minutes in the second half and extra time against the Valencian team).

The injury to the French can be understood from the large number of minutes he has played this course. It is essential for Zidane as you can see from the 2,386 'he accumulates in the legs divided into 28 games. In total, he has played 86% of all possible minutes. Among outfield players, only Varane has participated more than him (2,565 ').

A new casualty for Zidane, who already has nine players in the infirmary. It is being an unfortunate 2021: the first team has already suffered more than a dozen casualties in just a month and a half. Currently, in addition to Karim, Hazard, Carvajal, Militao, Odriozola, Rodrygo, Valverde and Sergio Ramos are in the recovery phase due to different ailments, most of them being muscular. In the short term, there are several footballers who seem to be in the final stretch, such as Militao, Odriozola or Hazard, but at the moment they have not been able to exercise alongside the group.

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