Karim Benzema ruled out for three weeks after injury in UCL tie

Karim Benzema is set to be fit for the Osasuna game when La Liga action returns on October 2.

Real Madrid suffered a big blow in the start of the season as Karim Benzema is out for three weeks with an injury. The Frenchman suffered in the first half of Real Madrid’s Champions League win over Celtic.

Benzema was wincing in pain and stretching his right knee around the 25th minute at Celtic Park. Despite trying to carry on, Carlo Ancelotti had to substitute the French international for Eden Hazard.

A statement from the club’s website read: “Following tests carried out on our player Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with an injury to the semitendinosus tendon and a strain to the quadricep muscle in his right thigh. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Benzema was cheered off the pitch by both the Celtic and Madrid supporters.

Ancelotti played it calmly in the post-match conference. “It seems not so serious, but we have to wait until tomorrow,” he said. “Both of them will have a check – Benzema and Eder Militao. It seems not so important.”

The UEFA Men’s Footballer of the Year is ruled out of this weekend’s home game against Real Mallorca and will miss almost all games in September.

He will be sidelined against RB Leipzig in the Champions League and the La Liga derby against city rivals Atletico Madrid.

He will also miss Didier Deschamps’ camp. He is set to be fit for the Osasuna game when La Liga action returns on October 2.

Benzema’s absence didn’t hurt Real Madrid yesterday as Hazard produced a memorable performance to seal three points against Celtic.


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