Real Madrid confirmed that Karim Benzema has a hamstring injury. The club did not confirm whether the striker will be available for the return leg against Manchester City or not, although the Frenchman will need to be very careful if he wants to stay healthy after this injury.
Benzema was forced to leave the first leg against City after the half.time whistle and he was replaced by Jesé Rodríguez. Benzema is crucial for Real Madrid’s offensive line and he will be rested this weekend so his chances of starting against City increase.
Cristiano Ronaldo also missed the game and if both the Portuguese attacker and Benzema miss the return leg Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will have to make some tough decisions about his lineup.
Isco, James, Jesé and Lucas Vázquez will fight for the starting spots upfront with those two players out, with Vázquez and possibly Isco being the favorites to win the battle for the spot.