Following tests carried out on Karim Benzema by the Sanitas Real Madid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in biceps femoris of his right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed.
Real Madrid had to reschedule some games due to participating in the FIFA World Club Cup, and as a result, the Spanish, European and World Champions are facing fixture congestion with six games scheduled in January.
Most fans have been wanting to see the team without Benzema for a while so it will be interesting to see if Real Madrid are actually a better side without him or not.
Gareth Bale is finally completely healthy and Zidane is expected to start him upfront alongside Cristiano Ronaldo with Isco playing behind them.
With Real Madrid being linked with summer moves for Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski and Mauro Icardi it is clear that Zidane wants more production from his No 9. Which raises an interesting question. Have we seen the last of Karim Benzema being an automatic starter in the Real Madrid line-up?