Karim Benzema facing month on the sidelines

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema faces at least a month out with a hamstring injury, according to reports in Spain.

The France exile was substituted in the first half of Saturday’s disappointing draw with Levante at the Bernabeu, with Real later confirming he had injured his hamstring and “his recovery will continue to be assessed”.

Reports in the Spanish press estimate his absence at four to six weeks and he looks sure to at least sit out Real’s six matches in 19 days in LaLiga and the Champions League before next month’s international break.

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