Karim Benzema will be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League

Karim Benzema WILL be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League next week, confirms Carlo Ancelotti, after the forward was ruled out of Real Madrid’s game against Espanyol with an ankle injury

  • Benzema has suffered an ankle issue but the problem isn’t thought to be serious
  • He’s struggled with injuries this campaign but has still netted 18 goals
  • The forward’s contract is up at the end of the season but focus is on this year 

Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Karim Benzema will be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League next week.

The forward has been ruled out of Madrid’s league game against Espanyol on Saturday with an ankle injury.

Madrid face Liverpool in Spain on Wednesday in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

Madrid lead 5-2 following the first game at Anfield, with Benzema scoring twice in the game.

Ancelotti has eased fears his star man will be available for the tie despite his issue.

Karim Benzema has been deemed fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League next week

Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said Benzema will miss the weekend game but be available in midweek

He said: ‘He will be available for Wednesday’s game. He’s had a knock on his ankle, he’s swollen that ankle, he’s been trying to recover but he’s started training individually today (Friday).

‘Rodrygo will play tomorrow as a centre-forward.’

Benzema has scored 18 goals in 27 games this season for Madrid as he continues his fine form after winning the 2022 Ballon d’Or.

Aged 35, he’s struggled with injuries throughout the campaign, however,  and is out of contract at the end of the season.

Ancelotti admitted he has expected speculation around the France forward’s future, but that he is focused on succeeding until the end of the season.

The forward scored twice as Madrid defeated Liverpool 5-2 in the first leg at Anfield

‘It’s inevitable that it will affect the team because of how important he is’, Ancelotti said on Benzema’s absence. ‘Especially with the season he had last season.

‘In the first half of this one he did well and in the second half he did his thing, he scored goals. We think he’s going to be important until the end of the season.

‘He’s done well in some games, like in the last 16, scoring two goals. What will happen tomorrow is something that can happen to a footballer.

‘As I said, for me he’s a player for life, but I don’t know what’s going to happen next year.’

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