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When Real Madrid expect to have Karim Benzema available amid hamstring injury

Jamie Spencer
Karim Benzema limped off against Elche on Sunday
Karim Benzema limped off against Elche on Sunday / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/GettyImages

Real Madrid are expected to have Karim Benzema available for their next match against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey early next month.

Benzema was substituted inside the first hour of Los Blancos’ 2-2 draw with Elche in La Liga on Sunday as a result of suspected hamstring injury – Real managed to fight their way back into the game without him and avoided an embarrassing home defeat after initially going 0-2 down.

AS has reported that Benzema spent four hours on Monday being observed by medical staff and a physio at the club’s Valdebebas training centre.

The Frenchman has suffered a strain to his left hamstring and is set to have a confirmatory scan on the injury on Tuesday. However, it is suggested that the player is still likely to be fit in time for the club’s next game, which isn’t for more than a week.

That would be a major boost for coach Carlo Ancelotti, with Benzema having a top season so far – the 34-year-old has scored 24 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions, with nine assists.

Real are to face Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Thursday 3 February. There are no other fixtures before then, with La Liga paused next weekend amid a World Cup qualifying international window in South America and elsewhere.

Real’s Brazilian quartet Vinicius Junior, Casemiro, Eder Militao and Rodrygo have all been called up for games against Ecuador and Paraguay. Fede Valverde is also on international duty for Uruguay, who face Paraguay and Venezuela in must-win games as they hunt for a place in Qatar.

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