Carlo Ancelotti issues update on Karim Benzema’s fitness ahead of Athletic Club clash

Carlo Ancelotti still doesn’t know if Karim Benzema will be fit to face Athletic Club on Thursday night.

real Madrid face athletic club for the fourth time this season Thursday evening in the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey

But after three wins in the last three encounters, Los Blancos might find it a bit more difficult this time around.

That’s because the star striker Benzema is a serious doubt with a muscle injury he picked up in Real Madrid’s draw with Elche before the international break.

The Frenchman has had almost two weeks to recover from the strain but he hasn’t succeeded yet, working individually until at least yesterday.

Benzema faces a race against time to recover in time, and Ancelotti still doesn’t know if the striker will pull through.

He said at today’s press conference: “We still don’t know. He has done individual work, he feels good and today he will train with the team.

“We will decide if he travels and if he plays.

“We will not put him in danger. It’s not a Champions League final. We are not going to take the risk of a relapse.

“He knows it. If he doesn’t play, it’s not that we put him down, it’s that he can’t play.

“If he feels good, he travels, if not, he stays at home.”

If Benzema doesn’t arrive in time for the match, Ancelotti will probably turn to Luka Jovic or Mariano Diaz.

Alternatively, he could turn to using a false nine, with a number of wingers at his disposal.

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