Benzema, back: Zidane breathes easier ahead of the derby

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Very good news in Real Madrid training this Friday. Karim Benzema was the novelty in the white working group held in Valdebebas. The French striker finally joined his teammates and the chances of seeing him on the pitch in the Madrid derby this Sunday increase.

There were many expectations around Benzema, who in the last sessions trained alone due to the injury from which he is recovering. His presence with the rest of his teammates in today’s session sends a message of reassurance, although his presence cannot yet be confirmed.

Everything will depend on the feelings Benzema has in tomorrow’s training session, the last one before the game against Atlético de Madrid. Of course, just seeing him with the group is reason for there to be enough hope to see him in Zidane’s starting eleven this Sunday in a derby that can define the entire La Liga.

Zidane usually does not force his players when they return from injury and will only be in the derby eleven if he is one hundred percent, which will be verified in the training session this Saturday. It must be remembered that the return of the Champions League against Atalanta is just around the corner and Madrid have yet to finalize their qualification for the quarterfinals.

“The session, which was carried out under strict sanitary regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, began with activation exercises, after which the players practiced possession and performed series of sprints and finishing. They then did work tactical and played a game on a small pitch. Sergio Ramos, Hazard, Carvajal and Mariano continue with their recovery processes, “Real Madrid reported on their website about training.

The casualties that Zidane will have in the face of the Wanda clash will be, in principle, Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal and a Mariano who was injured yesterday, compromising the white attack. That Benzema is available is key to having a pure striker in the eleven, in addition to being one of the most important footballers in the team’s game.

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