Real Madrid news

Benzema in doubt for Spurs clash

March 31, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Karim Benzema is an injury doubt for Real Madrid's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Tottenham at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, according to reports in Spain.

Karim Benzema was injured during France's draw with Croatia
GettyImagesKarim Benzema was injured during France's draw with Croatia

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Benzema, 23, was substituted in the 75th minute of France's goalless friendly draw with Croatia on Tuesday night after suffering a knock to this thigh.

Les Bleus coach Laurent Blanc said after the game: "He felt a little pinch in his thigh.''

Benzema, who appears likely to miss this weekend's La Liga clash with Sporting Gijon, has scored eight goals in his last five games for Madrid.

Benzema started the season as second fiddle to Gonzalo Higuain for Real but after the Argentine's injury he has established himself as first choice for Jose Mourinho, becoming the club's second top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo with 21 goals in all competitions this season.