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Report: Real Madrid Expect Benzema to Feature In El Clásico

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The French striker left the game after a blow with Cristiano Ronaldo and is pending of evolution, though the club stay optimistic about his chances to play against FC Barcelona.

Denis Doyle

Real Madrid beat Málaga 0-1 but Karim Benzema had to leave the game one week before what will surely be a decisive Clásico for the Liga BBVA title. Still, the word from the club is they are hopeful that the French striker will be able to feature in that game.

We have to wait and see how his blow evolves. But we hope that he will be able to play.

That's what a Real Madrid source told this site about Benzema's status.

Considering that Real Madrid earned 99.9% of their ticket to the Champions League Quarterfinals with that 1-6 win against Schalke, Benzema will surely have a couple of days to rest and get ready to play El Clásico. In fact, Carlo Ancelotti could rotate his whole squad in order to avoid any injuries. Schalke 04 would need to win 0-6 or 1-7 to turn things around.

If his medical tests are good enough, that kind of blow will not keep Karim Benzema on the bench next Sunday.