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Benzema joins list of absentees for Sociedad game

The Real Madrid striker was taken off at half time in the Etihad and will miss this weekend's match in a bid to be fit for return leg in the Bernabéu.
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Benzema joins list of absentees for Sociedad game
Luca Piergiovanni EFE

Karim Benzema was substituted in the Etihad Stadium with a hip problem, but not a recurrence of the muscular issue that forced him off during the match against Rayo the previous weekend as was first feared.

Jesé came on to replace the Frenchman in Manchester and Benzema has been ruled out of the match against Real Sociedad on Saturday, a vital encounter as Real attempt to close the gap at the top of the table maintained by Barcelona and Atlético.

The club’s medical staff have prescribed rest for the forward to recover from his various niggles in an attempt to be in the best shape possible for the return leg against Manchester City next Wednesday at the Bernabéu.

Jesé is also a serious doubt for the Anoeta match after taking a heavy blow to his shin towards the end of the match in the Etihad on Tuesday night. As with Benzema, the club’s idea is to leave Jesé out of the squad to play Real Sociedad so that he is fit for the City game.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also facing a fitness battle to be ready for the Champions League semi-final return leg, adding to Zinedine Zidane’s woes up front.