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Karim Benzema is injured, doubt for second leg

MADRID: Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is injured and probably will not play for the Spanish giants Real Madrid Champions League semi-final, the second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday in Santiago Bernabeu after Madrid’s doctors confirmed he is suffering from a hamstring strain.

Club stated that

Following tests carried out today on Karim Benzema in the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a strained right hamstring.

His recovery will continue to be assessed.

Benzema was sent-off at half-time of Tuesday’s 0-0 draw in the first leg against Manchester City having also been forced off before the break in Saturday’s 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano.

Real Madrid refused to clear about the injury of Frenchman that for how long he will be sidelined, but it seems he is also likely to miss Saturday’s trip to Real Sociedad in La Liga in the hope that he can be fit for City’s visit to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid’s attack could be thoroughly depleted as they aim to make a 14th European Cup final should three-time World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo also not recover from a thigh strain for the second leg.

Cristiano Ronaldo has missed Real’s last two games, and Spanish radio station COPE reported on Wednesday he will undergo stem cell treatment in a bid to be fit to face City.

Ronaldo and Benzema have scored 74 goals in all competitions for Madrid this season.