Valverde joins Benzema on Real Madrid sidelines as Ancelotti loses another star man

Valverde joins Benzema on Real Madrid sidelines as Ancelotti loses another star man

Federico Valverde, like Karim Benzema, has been ruled out of Real Madrid’s Champions League match against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.



Valverde, a Uruguayan midfielder, has been in spectacular form for Real Madrid this season, scoring his seventh goal of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Sevilla.

However, he was clattered late in that game by Papu Gomez, who was booked, and that blow has ruled Valverde out of head coach Carlo Ancelotti’s midweek plans.

Ballon d’Or winner Benzema was already expected to miss the Leipzig fixture, having been absent against Sevilla due to muscular fatigue in his left leg, and that was confirmed as Madrid announced their travelling squad.

Neither Valverde nor Benzema is expected to be sidelined for long, with reports in Spain indicating both could come back into contention for next Sunday’s LaLiga game against Girona.

Madrid have already made sure of a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League, and they will be confirmed as winners of Group F if they avoid defeat at second-placed Leipzig, who sit four points behind Ancelotti’s defending champions.



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