If Real Madrid’s 1 – 1 draw with Levante wasn’t disappointing enough, coach Zinedine Zidane faces further problems as it looks as if Karim Benzema will be out of action for around a month due to a thigh muscle injury and Marcelo is facing a suspension of a minimum of two games after being shown a straight red card.
This was the second game in a row that Madrid have dropped points at home and their performance was a huge disappointment to fans. After the match Zidane said that his team “had not played well” and that they “needed to improve”.
Benzema, the team’s only senior specialist centre forward left the pitch limping halfway through the first half and Gareth Bale, who missed a number of straightforward chances, replaced him.
Following the match Benzema underwent a number of tests and the club have released a statement saying that he has a hamstring injury and there are reports that this will keep him out of action for four to six weeks.
The statement read, “Following tests carried out on Karim Benzema at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the semimembranosus [hamstring] of his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”
In the same game vice-captain Marcelo was sent off for kicking out at Levante midfielder Lerma when both players were tangled on the ground after a challenge inside the visitors’ penalty area.
Referee Alejandro Hernandez’s official report confirmed that he had spotted the kick and the Spanish federation’s disciplinary committee are likely to give the player a ban of between two and four games.
“In the 89th minute of the game the player (12) Vieira Da Silva Junior, Marcelo was sent off for the following reason: kick an opponent in the back, with the ball well away from the action,” the report read.