Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane will be without striker Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and a number of first team players when they take on Villarreal on Saturday.
Karim Benzema will miss Real Madrid trip to Villarreal as they take on the yellow Submarine on Saturday.
The 32-year-old sustained an adductor injury in Madrid 4-1 loss to Valencia a fortnight ago and he is yet to fully recover for the trip to the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Benzema was spotted carrying out light training in Madrid Friday training, in preparation for the champions league clash against Inter Milan next week Wednesday, as he was not included in the tram squad for the weekend clash.
The French man is Madrid’s top scorer in the league this season, with four goals and three assists in his eight appearance for Los Blancos.
Zinedine Zidane’s side will have to make do without striker Luka Jovic having tested positive for covid-19 on Friday, after returning from International duty with Serbia.
Meanwhile Casemiro and Eder Militao who have been self-isolating before the International break are also out of the game.
Sergio Ramos is also out of the squad having sustained a hamstring injury in Spain’s 6-0 triumph over Germany in the UEFA Nations League.
Real Madrid currently sits fourth on the La Liga table, four points behind league leaders Real Sociedad, with a game in hand for the capital city club.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the encounter, coach Zinedine Zidane said “What we have to do is be a group,” he said. “You’re talking about the game tomorrow and on Wednesday it is important for the Champions League, but all games are important, all of them.
“Every time we play, we have to do well. We can’t relax, not even for one minute. The opponent demands a lot of you and we know that. We hope tomorrow we’ll come out well.”