When he learned that his injury was not as severe as first thought, Karim Benzema will have exhaled with relief.
It wasn’t all good news for Real Madrid after their impressive 3-0 victory at Celtic to open their Champions League campaign. Concern was raised by Karim Benzema’s forced substitution.
Due to a quadriceps issue, the Real Madrid striker had to be taken off during the opening period at Celtic Park on Tuesday.
The good news is that the No. 9 will only be out for about a month and will be back in time to play his part in Qatar, as opposed to the original concerns that he could spend months on the sidelines and miss the World Cup.
Right now, everyone’s attention is focused on Benzema, who traveled to Valdebebas on Wednesday to undergo testing and begin his rehabilitation as soon as possible.
On Tuesday, the forward’s right leg was in excruciating discomfort, and he had to be taken off after only 30 minutes.
The club doctor described it as “discomfort” without offering any further details.
The French striker will miss Real Madrid’s upcoming matches against Mallorca, Leipzig, and Atletico Madrid as well as the games for the French National Team at the end of the month due to a semitendinous muscle injury, an overload in his quadriceps, and some meniscus pain in that same leg.
“Karim Benzema has been diagnosed with a semitendinosus tendon injury and a quadricep muscle strain in his right thigh as a result of tests performed on him by the Real Madrid Medical Services. His rehabilitation will still be monitored.”
Although it’s not ideal, the player is aware that things could have been far worse.
He posted a message on social media expressing his relief. Benzema wrote, “I won’t complain; my response will be strong.”
However, Carlo Ancelotti will need to reconsider his plans for the upcoming month and come up with strategies for winning frequently without his star striker.
Since Benzema is so good and significant to the team, finding a suitable backup has proven to be impossible.
As a result, the squad does not have a direct backup for him.
However, Eden Hazard took over for the Frenchman in Glasgow, and a dynamic Madrid front three demonstrated its potential for harm.
The Belgian performed admirably as the false 9 and surprised quite a few people in the process.
Given how well the experiment against the Scottish champions went, it is likely that Carletto will keep Hazard in the lineup at least for the visit of Mallorca.
Everyone is aware that once Benzema returns, the jersey will be his once more, but this could be a significant chance for Hazard to step up and prove his value, albeit in a slightly different role.
He can do this by demonstrating that Ancelotti does have a plan B at center forward and that he has something to offer.
Benzema plans to make a comeback in the match against Osasuna on October 2.
As things stand, the medical staff is advocating prudence, and Real Madrid is thinking about taking Gareth Bale’s lead and not disclosing any information about Benzema’s injury, as is the player’s prerogative.