Defending champions Real Madrid have to do without Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema again in the Champions League on Tuesday at RB Leipzig (9 p.m.). Like Fede Valverde, the ailing French striker is not included in coach Carlo Ancelotti’s 23-man squad.
Benzema had already missed Saturday’s league game against Sevilla (3-1), shortly beforehand, according to the club, “muscle fatigue in the quadriceps of the left leg” had been diagnosed.
Valverde was hit in the leg during the game, after which Ancelotti questioned a match against Leipzig.
Benzema was not available for Ancelotti in the first leg against Leipzig (2-0) in September due to a muscle injury.