Benzema’s doubts before the derby |

To take a chance and play against Atl├ętico on Sunday and go to the squad or hold back for two more weeks back on the pitch? These are the questions Karim Benzema, the training staff and Real Madrid club doctors are asking themselves at this point. Last week’s alarm fades out gradually. The Frenchman’s injury heals satisfactorily and Karim himself has very positive feelings, but doubts remain.

Benzema appeared on the pitch for a while in the last training session against Leipzig. He was not wearing cleats but sneakers, which clearly indicated that he would not be on the pitch. After a while, Karim immediately went to the club buildings to continue rehabilitation after an injury sustained last week in Glasgow.

The process of returning to full fitness is smooth. Benzema has already shown that he recovers relatively quickly from muscle injuries. The Frenchman knows perfectly well when something is wrong and is not letting the potential injury worsen. This was also the case with the Celtic. Constant care and perfect preparation translate into shorter rehabilitation time for the 34-year-old.

Although Derby matches with Atl├ętico are always prestigious, in this case the clash with Los Rojiblanos is not coming at a key point in the season, and the club’s physiotherapists and doctors would have an additional two weeks to bring Benzema to its full disposal. On the other hand, it is a match with an eternal rival and two matches with the national team. Although France no longer has a chance to advance to the finals of the League of Nations, the World Cup is on the horizon.

Everything is now being judged and while Benzema pushed his performance against PSG at the Parc des Princes in February, today the situation is completely different. Back then it was clear that the French lacked a rhythm, but the importance of the match ultimately decided that Karim decided to take the risk.

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