Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema declared fit for El Clasico
Real Madrid can have Karim Benzema accessible for Sunday’s La Liga conflict with Barcelona at Camp Nou.
There had been some doubt over the Frenchman’s availability when he was compelled off with a knock within the latter phases of Wednesday’s Champions League conflict with Liverpool.
Benzema was unable to participate in crew coaching with Real Madrid on Friday, which additional strengthened claims that he would miss out on Sunday, however the 35-year-old has been named within the squad for El Clasico.
The striker has struggled with a variety of health issues this season and was not concerned in final weekend’s league conflict with Espanyol because of a knock.
Benzema has nonetheless managed to attain 19 targets and contribute 5 assists in 28 appearances in 2022-23 regardless of his harm points, although, and a latest report claimed that he’s near signing a brand new contract, together with his current phrases because of expire this summer time.
Ferland Mendy was again on the bench in opposition to Liverpool within the Champions League on Wednesday, with the defender recovering from the difficulty that has saved him out because the finish of January.
Consequently, David Alaba is presently Real Madrid’s solely injured participant, with the Austria worldwide nonetheless on the sidelines with a hamstring drawback.
Nevertheless, Alvaro Rodriguez will even be absent for Los Blancos on Sunday evening because of a suspension.
The 18-year-old picked up his fifth reserving of the marketing campaign whereas representing Real Madrid Castilla in opposition to Deportivo La Coruna final week.
Arguably Carlo Ancelotti‘s largest choice on Sunday will are available in midfield, with the Italian having a variety of choices to select from.
Aurelien Tchouameni was solely a late substitute in opposition to Liverpool final trip, with Eduardo Camavinga impressing in latest weeks, and the supervisor was requested about each gamers throughout his pre-match press convention on Saturday afternoon.
“Camavinga is doing very nicely as Tchouameni did nicely and each have changed a legend like Casemiro very nicely. With the 2 of them, Real Madrid can have an excellent future,” he mentioned.
Ancelotti was additionally filled with reward for Vinicius Junior and Eder Militao, telling reporters: “I could lose credibility if I say Vinicius and Militao are the very best striker and defender on the planet respectively nevertheless it’s the reality. I’m sincere. Militao lacks nothing. The one flaw he has is that he’s not at all times 100% centered.”
Real Madrid are presently second within the La Liga desk, 9 factors behind leaders Barcelona.
Real Madrid squad vs. Barcelona:
Courtois, Lunin, Lopez; Carvajal, Militao, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Vazquez, Rudiger, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Camavinga, Valverde, Tchouameni, Ceballos; Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Mariano