Zidane: Benzema and Ronaldo out of Real Sociedad game
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the weekend's clash with Real Sociedad through injury and are facing a race against time to be fit for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City.
Ronaldo sat out of Los Blancos' 0-0 draw with City on Tuesday with a hamstring complaint, while Benzema started at the Etihad Stadium but came off during the interval as he continues to struggle with the same problem.
Speaking to a media conference ahead of the clash with Real Sociedad, the French coach indicated that both players would be left of the squad to face the Basque side in order to give them the best chance of being available for Wednesday's game with City.
But Zidane conceded that Benzema and Ronaldo may ultimately miss out on participating in the reverse fixture against City at the Santiago Bernabeu next Wednesday.
"The most important thing is to recover them as soon as possible to play on Wednesday, tomorrow both players won’t play," he said.
"They are going to do the most to be ready for Wednesday.
"I care about the players injured, and we want to have them recover quick, but I will not talk about this. We have a game tomorrow and that's the most important.
"I'm worried every time we have an injured player. Now the most important thing is that to fully recover, we can not risk with Karim or Ronaldo, they are injured. The idea is that both can return to the team as soon as possible.”
Zidane refused to put a timescale on when he expects to see Benzema and Ronaldo back, though he did admit he believes the former will be 100 per cent fit to face City.
“I can not get into many details because I am not a doctor,” Zidane added. “It can last 7 days, 6 days, 8 days ... I do not know.
“I think he'll [Benzema] be at 100% on Wednesday. I care how it works and improvement. I don’t think you can say that his season is over.”