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Real Madrid reveal return time for Karim Benzema after hamstring injury

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The French striker picked up an injury during Real Madrid’s Champions League opener against Celtic.

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Karim Benzema will stay out of action for ‘atleast three weeks’ after his injury in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Celtic on Tuesday.

The Ballon d’Or hopeful limped off the pitch after only 26 minutes. Eden Hazard replaced Benzema in Blancos’ squad as the Frenchman went straight down the tunnel after the injury.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti ruled out a serious fitness problem for Benzema after the game.

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“It seems as if it is nothing worrying, but we have to wait until tomorrow,” the Italian gaffer said.

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“The first evaluation doesn’t seem like anything serious. We don’t know if it is a knee issue or if it is muscular.”

However, further tests on Wednesday have shown Benzema won’t be able to play for Real Madrid for at least three weeks.

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“Benzema has been diagnosed with an injury to the semitendinosus muscle and an overload on the quadriceps, both in the right thigh,” a statement from Real Madrid reads.

Hazard displayed a promising performance after replacing Benzema on Tuesday. The Belgian star provided an assist for Luka Modric before scoring his side’s third goal of the night.

Benzema’s absence could provide more chances for Hazard, who hopes to salvage his so-far uninspiring spell at Santiago Bernabeu. 

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