Real Madrid's Benzema out of Malaga clash with knee injury

Reuters , Friday 17 Apr 2015

Karim Benzema
Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema (Photo: Reuters)

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema limped out of training with a knee problem on Friday and coach Carlo Ancelotti said he will miss Saturday's La Liga game at home to Malaga.

Benzema, who picked up the injury in Tuesday's 0-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg draw at Atletico Madrid, should be fit for the return game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, Ancelotti told a news conference.

"Benzema is not available (for Saturday) but we will have him back for the next game," added the Italian.

Losing their first-choice striker, even if just for one match, is a blow to the European champions at a crucial stage of the season.

Benzema, a France international, has scored 15 goals in La Liga and six in the Champions League this term and is important to the team for his link-up play with fellow forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Ancelotti is likely to bring Isco into the starting lineup on Saturday, with the Spain midfielder operating in a central playmaking role alongside James Rodriguez.

Second-placed Real are two points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who host fourth-placed Valencia earlier on Saturday. 

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