Karim Benzema, the Real Madrid striker, is set to spend some time on the sidelines after it was confirmed that he has picked up a hamstring injury.
The club said that he underwent tests on Saturday that confirmed the problem, but they didn’t say how long he would be out for and just said that the situation “will continue to be assessed.”
However, there have been reports that he will be out for two or three weeks which would mean that he will miss games against Celta Viga and Villarreal and possibly Deportivo La Coruna, as well as both legs of the Copa del Rey round of 16 match against Numancia.
There were signs of the problem in the 3-0 defeat to Barcelona last week and he left the game midway through the second half.
The injury comes at a time when he has failed to score for five games in all competitions, including at the Club World Cup. His last goal was on November 25 and he has scored just two La Liga goals all season.
He was the only player absent from the team’s public training session on Saturday, a session held to celebrate their five trophies in 2017.
Speaking afterwards Casemiro said, “We felt the warmth of the people. If people are excited, we are too. We are happy with the year we have had. Today’s we worked hard now we must enjoy, because the year has been spectacular for us. 2017 has been the best year of my life. I’m happy because I’m playing at Real Madrid. I enjoy every day, in training too. I love scoring goals, although I am a midfielder. It is important for the team.”
Raphael Varane added, “We are happy because people relished it. It is an opportunity for them to see us train and it is a special one. It has been a fantastic year, with five title wins and personally I am very happy with this year. I ask that 2018 be as good as 2017, let’s enjoy and play at our best level. “