Football: Benzema suffers hamstring strain, doubt for City return

MADRID (AFP) – Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is a major doubt for the Spanish giants Champions League semi-final, second leg against Manchester City on Wednesday after Madrid confirmed he is suffering from a hamstring strain.

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

“His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

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

Real refused to confirm how long the Frenchman will be sidelined, but he looks certain 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.

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.

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

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