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Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema will not be part of the call-up for the Champions League clash against Atalanta on Wednesday night due to injury.
The Frenchman injured his adductor muscle during the 2-1 win over Valencia on February 14 and subsequently missed the club’s 1-0 win at Real Valladolid.
A previous AS report He said the forward could miss the Atalanta clash in the middle of the week even though the backhand is of little consequence.
Now it is revealed by Sports sports that the 33-year-old will not travel to Bergamo for the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League.
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The whites are already without several key players, including Eden Hazard, Rodrygo Goes, Federico Valverde, Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal.
Hazard, Rodrygo and Valverde have went back to training after their respective injuries, but the midweek game will come too soon for them.
Coach Zinedine Zidane is likely to travel with several Castilla players to replace the bench and Benzema’s absence will be a serious blow.
All three forwards of Marco Asensio, Mariano Díaz and Vinicius Junior all appeared ineffective against Valladolid in La Liga last weekend.
There were just two shots on goal during the 90 minutes and one of them was from midfielder Casemiro, who scored the only goal of the game.
Like last season, Benzema has been the only player to reach double figures in goals and has scored 16 times being the second best Casemiro with only six.
His absence definitely reduces the club’s efficiency in front of goal and that could benefit Atalanta, who are aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the second year in a row.