Karim Benzema injury: Real Madrid not expecting El Clasico return

Real Madrid are not confident that Karim Benzema will be fit enough to feature in Sunday’s heavyweight clash with Barcelona.

The 34-year-old’s outrageous run of form – nine goals and four assists in his last five games – looks likely to have been ended by a calf injury picked up during the 3-0 win over Mallorca, in which he netted twice and created the other.

Marca note that he has undergone tests and club doctors are confident that he has not suffered anything serious – but given their hefty lead in the La Liga title race, Real are reluctant to take any unnecessary risks with Benzema.

Real are ten points clear of second-placed Sevilla and an additional five ahead of Barcelona, and while they obviously see El Clasico as an enormous fixture, there is a feeling that defeat would not be the end of the world.

Instead, Real’s focus is now primarily on winning the Champions League. Carlo Ancelotti is set for a reunion with reigning champions Chelsea after the international break and he would rather ensure Benzema is fit and healthy for those games.

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