Karim Benzema will not play in the return leg of the Champions League Semifinals for Real Madrid, according to coach Zinedine Zidane, who spoke to BeIN Sports ahead of his press conference.
The Frenchman could only play 45 minutes in the first leg but his hamstring injury got worse and he will not be available even though he was willing to use painkilling injections to feature.
On the other hand, Cristiano Ronaldo will be “100% ready to go,” according to Zidane on BeIN Sports again. It’s true that Zidane said that exact same thing last week and Ronaldo ended up missing the game, but this time Zidane has said that after the fitness test Ronaldo passed this morning.
Casemiro will be forced to sit the game out as he missed today’s training session as well. The Brazilian midfielder has been a crucial player in Zidane’s plans since the Frenchman took over and it will be interesting to see who replaces him in the lineup.