Real Madrid star striker is injured
Barcelona vs Real Madrid
After Barcelona’s recent El Clasico victory at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid fell 14 points behind the Catalans in the title race.
Atletico Madrid are second, nine points behind Barcelona. Valencia are 11 points off top spot.
Karim Benzema is injured
La Liga is currently on their short winter break, but on Saturday Real Madrid have been hit with bad news.
As reported on Marca, star striker Karim Benzema is injured.
The French forward is set to miss the next three weeks of action, which amounts to five matches missing for Los Blancos. Marca report:
Zinedine Zidane has been forced into a rethink of his attacking plans after Karim Benzema was hit by a hip injury, ruling him out for two to three weeks.
Although Los Blancos have only just returned to training following the winter break, the games are set to pile up in January with Benzema at least out for the Copa del Rey double-header with Numancia, a La Liga clash with Celta Vigo and maybe even the games with Villarreal and Deportivo La Coruna.
Benzema has broken the 25-goal mark in all competitions on three occasions for Real Madrid.
Indeed, he’s the seventh highest scorer in the club’s history.
But this season he’s only scored five times and chipped in with six assists.
In Benzema’s absence, Welsh star Gareth Bale is sure to get more game time opportunity after his recent return from injury.