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Karim Benzema

has not arrived on time.

The French striker has been left

out of the call

for the first leg of the

Champions League

round of 16

against Atalanta

, which will be played this Wednesday (9:00 pm) in



The '9' of Real Madrid suffered last Thursday a small

injury in the adductor of the left leg

and in a decision in which the medical services of the club, the technical staff and the footballer himself have intervened, it has been decided that the best possible decision is

not to risk


Benzema, who already missed the League match against


, could be available again for next Monday's match against Real Sociedad, and his presence is considered capital for the

Madrid derby on the 7th

and for the

return against Atalanta March 10



We are not going to risk Karim,

" warned Zidane at the press conference this past weekend.

The club agrees with the decision, aware that the

situation in the domestic tournament has changed considerably

and now the team is once again competing 100% for the

title in two competitions

: League and Champions.

Circumstance very different from a month ago, when after the


Madrid only focused their future on the continental scepter.

Not anymore.

The importance of the League

If they beat Real Sociedad and win the derby on the 7th at the

Wanda Metropolitano

, the whites

would tie on points with Atlético de Madrid

for the lead in the standings.

For those clashes it is expected that Benzema will have picked up the rhythm again and the presence of some of the injured, such as

Fede Valverde

, is not ruled out


But in the case of the Uruguayan, as well as with

Eden Hazard

, neither the club nor the medical team has the intention of pressuring or forcing the player's early return.

In this way, the


for the first leg against Atalanta is composed of Courtois, Lunin, Altube;

Lucas Vázquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy, Chust, Miguel Gutiérrez;

Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Arribas, Blanco;

Vinícius, Mariano, Asensio and Hugo Duro.

Except for surprise, Zidane will repeat the eleven that achieved the victory in Valladolid, with Vinícius, Mariano and Asensio at the top of the attack.

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  • Fede Valverde

  • Eden Hazard

  • Thibaut Courtois

  • Karim Benzema

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