Karim Benzema injury: Real Madrid star to miss Clasico vs Barcelona

Real Madrid’s biggest star won’t be suiting up for its biggest La Liga showdown Sunday. 

On Saturday, Real manager Carlo Ancelotti ruled Karim Benzema out of El Clásico against Barcelona after the star forward sustained a lower leg injury in the final minutes of a 3–0 win over Mallorca on Monday.

“Benzema is a very important member of our squad, so now we’ll need to look for solutions since we won’t have him,” Ancelotti said, per Spanish outlet Marca. “… We have the options of [Gareth] Bale, Mariano and [Luka] Jović, while Isco or Rodrygo have played there on occasion too.”

The 34-year-old has put together an incredible streak of eight goals and four assists in his last five games, including two goals against Mallorca before the injury. Overall, Benzema has recorded 22 goals and 11 assists in just 25 La Liga games this season.  

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