Champions League

Karim Benzema & Neymar in line to feature in Champions League last 16 tie

Tom Gott
Benzema hopes to return against PSG
Benzema hopes to return against PSG / Soccrates Images/GettyImages
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Both Karim Benzema and Neymar have travelled with their respective squads ahead of possible returns in the Champions League last-16 tie between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.

Benzema has missed Real's last three games in all competitions because of a hamstring injury, while Neymar hasn't been spotted in Paris since suffering an ankle injury back in November.

Of the pair, it's Neymar whose inclusion in Tuesday's game is looking more likely. RMC Sport note that he has trained with the squad in the build-up to the game and is expected to see some minutes.

The same cannot be said of Benzema, however. The Frenchman has been included in Real's travelling squad, but Los Blancos actually have no idea whether he will be able to play.

AS note that Benzema isn't actually back in training yet and the hope is that he will be able to join in on Monday's session.

Currently, Benzema is seen as having a 50% chance of returning for the game. Medical staff will keep an incredibly close eye on him on Monday and must make a decision over whether he is well enough to return to competitive action on Tuesday.

The Frenchman has trained alone and has not encountered any setbacks, but he must complete Monday's team session before Carlo Ancelotti will entertain the idea of starting him in Paris.

"It's looking positive, he's been working away from the group," Ancelotti said on Friday. "We will make a decision on Sunday or Monday, when he is expected to train with the squad. I can't really say much more until then but the sensations - his, mine and the doctors' are positive.

"As we've always said, the player's health comes before everything else. So there is no risk. If Karim is able to play, he will play without any risk. If there is the slightest risk, then he won't play.

"We have to assess it thoroughly. If Karim plays Tuesday's game, it's because there is no risk of him falling injured."

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