El Clásico: Karim Benzema ruled out of Real Madrid-Barcelona clash
Benzema will miss El Clásico at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday and France's upcoming international matches.
Karim Benzema didn't train with Real Madrid on Saturday morning and will not be available for the game against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday, due to a muscular complaint in his left calf.
Ruled out of El Clásico
The 34-year-old will also miss the upcoming matches with the French national team.
Madrid hoping to extend Clásico winning run
Madrid take on Barcelona in the final Clásico of the season, as they look to extend their 10-point lead at the top of LaLiga. The big question now is, who will replace Karim Benzema in the forward line?
Los Blancos have won their last five meetings with Barcelona in all competitions.
Ancelotti confirms Benzema's absence
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's clash, Carlo Ancelotti explained that Benzema would miss the game.
"Both he and Mendy can't play and won't go with France [international duty] either. They are staying in Madrid," Ancelotti said.
Would Benzema have played if it was a final?
"No, we have never risked anything. In Paris he didn't risk it, he played because he could. But not tomorrow, because he hasn't trained with the group. He still has some discomfort," he added.