This is following the absence of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic after both tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately, Hazard has recovered from the dreaded virus but Real Madrid still faces a potential crisis in the attack.
“Real Madrid CF announces that our player Luka Jović has given a positive result in the COVID-19 tests carried out on Friday morning,” a statement from the La Liga winners reads.
According to Marca, Benzema, who has been in great form in recent weeks, picked up a knock in the 4-1 defeat to Valencia at Mestalla and has not recovered from the muscular discomfort. This is coming ahead of their clash against second-placed Villareal.
With Jovic also out of the Villarreal clash billed for Saturday, Mariano Diaz is now the only recognised forward fit for the fight against the Yellow Submarine.
Unfortunately, the Serbia camp got a wave of COVID-19, with Jovic, who started against Russia on Wednesday being one of those infected alongside Hellas Verona midfielder Darko Lazovic and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milikovic-Savic.
Benzema: Inter Milan is the main concern for Real Madrid as the attack crisis continues
This is a major concern for Madrid that is aiming to scale through the group stage of the Champions League after recording just four points from three games. So, there is a likely hood they travel to Italy to face Inter Milan at the San Siro Stadium without their recognized striker.
The team’s medical department is now sweating over Benzema’s conditions ahead of the return leg in Italy. Benzema scored the opening goal in Real’s 3-2 win at the Estadio di Stefano on November 3.
Benzema has a high work rate in the team. The Frenchman has scored four goals so far in eight games he has played this season, assisting three in the process.
They will be looking for all means to ensure that if he is not at least fit for today’s clash, he should be available for Inter.
Madrid will be ruing the miss of their front man that has scored two goals in the three Champions League games played so far.