Zidane Hopeful of Benzema Return Ahead of Madrid Derby

Zidane Hopeful of Benzema Return Ahead of Madrid Derby Photo: TT
Vinicius Junior of Real Madrid celebrates a goal during the the spanish league, La Liga Santander, football match played between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad

Real Madrid could be boosted for next weekend’s bumper Madrid derby by the return to fitness of top scorer Karim Benzema.

Third-placed Real Madrid will play La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid on Sunday, with Zinedine Zidane’s side desperate to stay in touch after a 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad on Monday.

Benzema has missed Real’s past three games since picking up a knock ahead of the Valladolid game which they won 1-0.

The France international has netted 12 La Liga goals this season and 17 in all competitions and Los Blancos have only managed three in his absence, albeit picking up two wins.

“We hope he can be with us, but we have to wait and see because he still hasn’t trained with the team,” Zidane said.

“We’ll assess the situation tomorrow. He’s OK. Karim’s injury is much better and well take a look at him.”

Zidane remains bullish about his side’s title prospects despite Monday’s result seeing them slip five points behind Atletico who have a game in hand.

Barcelona also won 2-0 at Sevilla on Saturday, seeing the Catalans move up to second, level on points with Real but ahead on goal difference.

“This doesn’t change anything,” Zidane said after the Sociedad draw. “I think the were in good shape, that’s now five wins and a draw and we must remember that there’s still a long way to go.

“All of the teams drop points over the course of the season. We know that we have to keep putting points on the board.

“We’ve also dropped points and will be trying to keep picking up the points. It’s the last time I’ll say it, but there’s still a long way to go.”

Ben somerford
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