Real Madrid face injury concerns ahead of Man City Champions League clash as Karim Benzema misses La Liga game
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Real Madrid have a few injury woes to address ahead of their trip to Manchester City this week for their Champions League semi-final second leg. The pair drew 1-1 in the first-leg after Kevin de Bruyne equalised for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Los Blancos beat Getafe 1-0 on Saturday afternoon courtesy of Marco Asensio’s winner in the 70 minute. However, the victory may have come at a cost with key midfielder Eduardo Camavinga picking up an issue and having to be substituted off.
He will now have to be assessed ahead of the clash against City. His boss Carlo Ancelotti provided this update after the match: “It’s just a blow and he will recover fast. Everyone should be ready to face Manchester City. Camavinga has a knock, but he should be fine. Yes, he had a small twist in his knee, but it’s a blow, nothing more. Tomorrow he will rest, like the rest of those who have played.”
Speaking ahead of their fixture against Getafe last Friday, their manager revealed that Karim Benzema, Rodrygo and David Alaba would be rested with the Champions League in mind.
He said: “We are quite good. We have some doubts with some footballers who received knocks in Tuesday’s game. Benzema, Alaba and Rodrygo have still not recovered. (Dani) Ceballos and (Ferland) Mendy return, they can play tomorrow. The team is good and motivated to win tomorrow.
“The players who have doubts in tomorrow’s game are not going to play… and the mission is to recover them for that game (at City]). The physical ‘issue’ does not exist.”
“Courtois is going to play tomorrow… and Vini too, I don’t know if from the beginning but he’s going to play tomorrow. Of course I have to take everything into account, the players that won’t play and not take risks.
“Tomorrow’s game demands a lot from us against a team that is struggling not to get relegated. We need freshness and energy. But we are going to have a competitive team.”
Elsewhere, Real Madrid will welcome back Eder Militao. City head into the game in confident mood after beating Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon.
Arsenal were beaten by the same scoreline at home to Brighton and Hove Albion which is another positive for Guardiola’s men. They are now on the verge of the Premier League title.