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Reports on Friday morning suggested the French forward was struggling to shake off a knock he picked up in the Liga game against Valencia on November 8.
Benzema opened the scoring in Valencia, but failed to finish the 4-1 defeat after picking up an injuryand it is proving more troublesome than initially thought.
The forward is not the only absentee for manager Zinedine Zidane to contend with.
Captain and key defender Sergio Ramos’ absence was confirmed on Thursday. He picked up a hamstring injury during Spain’s 6-0 win over Germany on Wednesday evening and could be sidelined for a number of weeks.
Casemiro and Eder Militao have not been included in the traveling party. Both tested positive for the coronavirus before the international break and have been isolating away from the squad. The Brazilians are back with the Real camp, but have not been deemed fit enough to travel.
A positive for Zidane is that Eden Hazard has been included in the squad. The Belgian tested positive for Covid-19 a couple of weeks ago, but is now clear to play and has been deemed fit enough to be included in the squad.
Zidane is concerned by the workload being asked of the players.
“I don't want to say too much but what I can say is because I see that the schedule is too much,” he said at a press conference on Friday. “I think about the health of the players, nothing more. They never stop. And I’m not just talking about my players. It’s true that I’m worried.