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French Karim Benzema was left out of Real Madrid’s squad for the Athletic Bilbao match in the quarter-finals of the King’s Cup, scheduled for Thursday, due to a hamstring injury.
The fitness of the French international has been a source of concern since his exit in the second half of the Elche match, which ended in a 2-2 draw in the Spanish League on January 23.
At the press conference to talk about the match, Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach, expressed his hope that the striker, who scored 24 goals in 28 matches in all competitions this season, would catch up with his team’s trip to the “San Mames” stadium, but He assured that he would not take risks.
The team’s list of 22 players, which was released on Wednesday, did not include Karim Benzema, which raised concerns about the possibility of catching up with Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 of the Champions League two weeks later.
Mariano Diaz and French Ferland Mendy will miss the match due to injury, while Marcelo will be suspended.
Marco Asensio may return to Real Madrid after recovering from a hamstring injury in the Barcelona match in the Spanish Super Cup.
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