Real Madrid to face Elche without key striker
Spanish giants Real Madrid head into the weekend fixture programme set to face 15th-placed Elche away from the Spanish capital, but will be bereft of Karim Benzema as they look to move back to the top of the La Liga table ahead of Real Sociedad.
Benzema has not been called upon for Saturday, causing speculation around the situation involving the French international center-forward.
⚪ Karim Benzema no estará ante el Elche
👀 El francés se quedó en el gimnasio en el entrenamiento de este viernes y no entró en la convocatoria de Ancelotti pic.twitter.com/xlcEHw9yVt
— Diario AS (@diarioas) October 29, 2021
But according to Spanish outlet AS, Carlo Ancelotti is simply giving Benzema a much-needed rest in a fixture from which Madrid should be able to come away with three points without the former Olympique Lyonnais standout.
Benzema has logged an incredible amount of minutes thus far during the 2021-22 season, both at home and abroad, racking up 1,156 out of a possible 1,170-minutes, which constitutes 99% of the possible amount of time he could have served on the pitch.
Benzema on course for a career year
There is no better overall striker in Europe this season than Karim Benzema, as the Frenchman has helped Real Madrid headline the La Liga season.
His 9-goals are second in Europe behind only Robert Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah (10), while his 7-assists are joint-top in Europe with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Additionally, the Lyon-native has 2-goals and an assist in Champions League group stage play, and currently sits on nineteen direct goal contributions (11-goals and 8-assists) in just 13-appearances across the two competitions.
Such a statistical return will undoubtedly be missed against Elche, and could potentially throw a spanner in the works for Madrid, as his overall influence on the pitch this season continues to cement Benzema’s legacy as one of the continent’s premier center-forwards.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.