Absent for four games during the month of November, Karim Benzema had made his return this week, in the Champions League, against Celtic Glasgow (5-1). The 2022 Ballon d’Or had played 28 minutes for his return and was tipped to start Madrid’s other Derby, at Rayo Vallecano, on Monday night.
However, during the press conference this Sunday, Carlo Ancelotti assured that the French international was forfeited for this trip. “Karim Benzema will not play because he is not feeling well. He trained on Friday and looked good, but then he struggled a bit. It will not be available in Vallecas”, he explained. A new concern for the Blues, less than two weeks from the 2022 World Cup, in Qatar. But Carlo Ancelotti assured that he should be fit for the reception of Cadiz on Thursday.