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Benzema to miss Real Madrid trip to Malaga on J25 in La Liga

Real Madrid will be without French striker Karim Benzema as they aim to avoid a fatal blow to their La Liga title hopes away at Malaga on Sunday, against the team they drew 0-0 with earlier in the season.

Benzema to miss Real Madrid trip to Malaga on J25 in La Liga
JuanJo Martin EFE

Karim Benzema will miss out on Real Madrid's tough away fixture as they aim to avoid a fatal blow to their La Liga title hopes away at Malaga on Sunday. Malaga held los blancos to a 0-0 draw in the Bernabeu at the beginning of the season.

Benzema wasn't included in Zinedine Zidane's 19-man squad for the trip to Andalusia, with AS learning that the 28-year-old is suffering with a hip injury.

Real lie 10 points adrift of La Liga leaders Barcelona in third after the European champions won 2-1 at Las Palmas on Saturday.

Gareth Bale is again absent due to a calf injury, whilst Nacho is set to partner Sergio Ramos in central defence as Pepe misses out through injury and Raphael Varane is suspended.