Karim Benzema might not be able to start Wednesday's Champions League game against Schalke 04. The French striker could not complete Real Madrid's training session with a cold and could be sidelined if he hasn't recovered yet. The good news is that Benzema doesn't have a fever, so he should be able to play through his illness. Jesé would likely be the man replacing Benzema if Real Madrid's starting striker isn't ready yet.
Real Madrid visit Elche this next Sunday and that could be a good reason to keep Benzema on the bench. The French striker is playing one of his best seasons as a footballer and Real Madrid can't afford to lose him considering how thin the bench is.
Expect Benzema to feature on tonight's game and also on Sunday's match against Elche. He likely pulled out of training to make sure he's ready for Real Madrid's next two games.