Carlo Ancelotti Reveals Real Madrid Needs a Fit Karim Benzema After the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Carlo Ancelotti Reveals Real Madrid Needs a Fit Karim Benzema After the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Carlo Ancelotti wants Karim Benzema readily available for Real Madrid when domestic football resumes after the 2022 FIFA World Cup
  • Benzema has had an inconsistent start to the 2022/23 campaign for Real Madrid after battling with fitness and injuries
  • The recently crowned Ballon d’Or winner will not be available for Real Madrid’s final game against Rayo Vallecano as a result of injury

Karim Benzema’s fitness and injury issues this season have been giving Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti some concerns, as Los Blancos bid to retain their La Liga and Champions League crown.

The 34-year-old forward has missed some crucial matches this season, which has forced Ancelotti to try a new attacking line-up involving Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde.

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Karim Benzema has struggled for consistency this season due to re-occurring injury setbacks. Photo by Eurasia Sport Images.
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According to Marca, Ancelotti has now revealed that Benzema will be needed by Real Madrid when domestic football resumes after the World Cup in Qatar, as he is an integral part of the team.

"His absence has allowed us to exploit the quality of players like Vinicius, Rodrygo and Valverde. However, we will need him after the World Cup."

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Benzema is set to play a key role for France, as Didier Deschamps' team tries to defend the World Cup title they won four years ago in Russia.

Benzema and Rudiger out injured

Meanwhile, Benzema will not be available for selection when Real Madrid travel to Real Vallecano for their La Liga clash on Monday night, Football Espana reports.

The 2022 Ballon d’Or winner has been ruled of the game with injury alongside Germany central defender Antonio Rudiger, who is also not available.

Benzema could return for the midweek clash with Cadiz, but Rudiger will be granted extra time to prepare for the World Cup.

Karim Benzema injured again

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has suffered another injury setback, just days after winning his first Ballon d’Or trophy.

The 34-year-old forward, who has scored in back-to-back games for Real Madrid, missed Los Blancos’ training on Friday due to muscle fatigue in his quadriceps.

Benzema is set to miss Real Madrid’s La Liga clash against Sevilla after failing to recover in time for the crunch encounter.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..
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