Benzema suffering from hamstring strain, says Real Madrid

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Madrid, April 28 (IANS) Real Madrid on Thursday confirmed that their star striker Karim Benzema is suffering from a hamstring strain.

The striker was substituted by Jese Rodriguez at half-time in the first leg of the Champions League last four tie away to Manchester City on Tuesday.

“After tests today at University Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja, the player Karim Benzema has been diagnosed with a myofascial strained right hamstring,” the club said in a statement.

Real have also got fitness issues regarding Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane hopes to have both fit for the return clash.

“Hopefully they can be in the second leg but we have to take it day by day for them,” Zidane said of the attacking duo after the stalemate in Manchester.

“We’re going to try and get them fit for (the second leg), that’s our plan but I can’t assure you of anything right now. We obviously want them back.”

–IANS

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