Karim Benzema to return with worst numbers in Real Madrid career

The No.9 will feature in the Copa del Rey this week after a month out through injury, yet he does not return in a rich vein of form.

Benzema vuelve con sus peores números en el Madrid.

The crisis at Real Madrid has left every squad member exposed. From Keylor Navas to Cristiano Ronaldo, it is difficult to find a player who has not been questioned since September. Karim Benzema, who has faced fervent criticism, will return to the first team after a month of absence through injury. 

There was plenty of confusion surrounding Benzema's injury. Did he pick up the niggle in the Clásico and keep it to himself? Did something happen during his subsequent holiday over the Christmas break? In any case, the 30-year-old striker returns in need of an upturn in form

Benzema at his worst since joining Madrid

Barcelona were 14 points ahead of Real Madrid when Benzema retired to the treatment table. That gap has now opened up to 19 points following a draw at Celta Vigo and a home defeat to Villarreal. Benzema has been saved from the recent wrath of Madridistas by his spell on the sidelines.

With little more than four months of the season remaining, Benzema must improve on his current return of four goals in LaLiga. Never before has his scoring record been so bleak in the white shirt of Real Madrid.  

Season Goals/Games Games per goal
 17-18 5/20
16-17  12/25 2.08 
15-16  15/23  1.53 
14-15  15/30 
13-14  15/29  1.93 
12-13  13/29  2.23 
11-12  17/29  1.70 
10-11   10/27 2.70 
09-10  6/22  3.66 

LaLiga Santander

Table PTS W D L
3Valencia 40 12 4 3
4Real Madrid 32 9 5 4
5Villarreal 31 9 4 6
Full standing
Next matches
Leganés - Real Madrid M-20/02 18:30
Real Madrid - Deportivo D-21/01 16:15
Valencia - Real Madrid S-27/01 16:15

*Update 15 de enero de 2018