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Benzema will not travel with the team for match against Atalanta

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Next week, after Zinedine Zidane announced the striker was injured on Thursday, Karim Benzema could miss Real Madrid’s Champions League match against Atalanta.

On Friday morning, Benzema missed training and Zidane said he would not be traveling with the team for Saturday’s LaLiga game at Real Valladolid.

The club has not reported the details of the issue yet.

“He won’t be with us tomorrow,” Zidane said at a Friday press conference.

“He has a problem and because it came up yesterday he won’t be there tomorrow. We’ll see for next week.”

Madrid could cope against Valladolid without Benzema, but his absence on Wednesday for the trip to Bergamo in the first leg of the Champions League last 16 will be a massive blow.

In all competitions this season, the Frenchman has scored 17 times and has netted in his last two consecutive matches.

“We know what Karim gives us and how important he is for us,” said Zidane.

“But we have to deal with this and get him back as soon as possible, like the others.”

Real Madrid has been plagued by injury problems in recent weeks with Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo, Eder Militao, Alvaro Odriozola, Fede Valverde, and Rodrygo also likely to miss Saturday’s trip to the Jose Zorilla Stadium.

In La Liga, Madrid sits six points behind Atletico Madrid, having played more than their city rivals a game.

Zidane was also asked on Friday about Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund from Paris Saint-Germain, following the duo’s excellent Champions League outings this week.

In particular, a move for Mbappe, whose PSG contract expires in June 2022, has been frequently linked to Real Madrid. Zidane said, “I watch all the games and I like to see great things like any fan. They are both very good and very young, players of the present and the future. Whether I prefer one or the other, I won’t say, everyone has their preferences.”

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