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Karim Benzema Injured in National Team Training

Real Madrid suffer another casualty, though it should not be too serious.

Alex Livesey

Well, it just had to happen again. Real Madrid are struck by the injury bug for the umpteenth time as striker Karim Benzema pulled out of France training due to a hip problem. While the initial reports state that it's just soreness and not something to panic about as it shouldn't be too serious, tests tomorrow should be able to reveal the extent of the matter and if it's something that Carlo Ancelotti needs to prepare for in light of the first Clasico coming up rapidly. Benzema, the oft-maligned striker who has a goal and/or assist in eight of the 11 games he's played in since the preseason, will be someone that Ancelotti will count on heavily in the upcoming rough stretch as backup Javier Hernandez is much more of an impact sub rather than an impactful starter.

But wait, there's more! In other annoying news, Isco has also pulled out of the U-21 Spain practice due to a stomach ailment. This is likely a day-to-day issue, but it's still irritating to have happen in advance of meaningless international games. He joins Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Fabio Coentrao on the injury table while Sami Khedira and Jese are still weeks away from their returns.

Fun times. Keep your fingers crossed.