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Carlo Ancelotti refuses to rule Karim Benzema out of Getafe conflict

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Actual Madrid supervisor Carlo Ancelotti has insisted striker Karim Benzema may nonetheless function towards Getafe on Saturday, regardless of failing to coach with the workforce on Friday.

The veteran striker missed three video games earlier than the worldwide break with a muscle damage however has since performed twice for Actual, enjoying the total 90 minutes towards each Osasuna and Shakhtar Donetsk with out managing to seize a aim.

There had been considerations that Benzema might not have totally recovered from his damage and people have been compounded by the revelation that the 34-year-old was coaching away from the group the day earlier than the upcoming recreation.

Requested about Benzema’s involvement towards Getafe, Ancelotti stated: “He has performed two video games in a row after a month out and he’s a bit loaded.

“He isn’t dominated out [against Getafe} and if he is well, he will play.

“I think he has had this injury that slowed him down a bit, but I still see the usual Karim. We are not worried about anything in this regard. He is doing and is going to do what he always does, really.”

Nevertheless, a handful of outlets in Spain have reported that Benzema will be rested for Saturday’s game, with Rodrygo expected to take his place at the top of the team.

“Rodrygo is an intelligent person,” Ancelotti said of the Brazilian. “Very calm, takes his work seriously, mature but still very young.”

Ancelotti was even asked whether Real view Manchester City’s Erling Haaland as a possible replacement for Benzema, but the boss was in no mood to discuss the speculation.

“I’m not talking about Haaland,” Ancelotti said bluntly.

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