Real Madrid – La Liga Entire spine could be missing
Real Madrid training was a bizarre scene on Friday morning, with a number of key senior players all sitting the session out, leading the club facing the possibility of taking on Atalanta with a weaker team.
Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema all missed training on Friday, leading to suggestions they will all miss the clash with the Italians.
The first three names on that list are certainly out of the trip to Italy, with Benzema‘s ailment a relatively new development.
The French forward is a serious fitness doubt, though, and nobody within Valdebebas is sure of whether or not he will be able to play in midweek.
Nobody dares predict anything with regards to a left adductor injury, which the former Lyon forward first felt in training on Thursday.
The question is clear: If Benzema isn’t there, who will score goals?
Since Cristiano Ronaldo left, Benzema has taken on much of the goalscoring responsibility in the team, and has received little help from his teammates.
Los Merengues’ goalscoring list for this season doesn’t invite much optimism, with Casemiro the next highest scorer after Benzema with five, then it’s Luka Modric with four.
In a tie where away goals are so crucial, this is the last possible thing Real Madrid would have wanted, but Zinedine Zidane will give Benzema until the last moment to recover.