Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will have to do without Karim Benzema for three weeks after the striker suffered an injury against Levante.
French international Benzema lasted just 24 minutes before being replaced by Gareth Bale at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon, to hand Zidane a slight problem heading into a busy month for the La Liga champions.
Whilst initial reports claimed the former Lyon striker would miss up to six weeks out with a hamstring problem, it has been confirmed by club doctors he is likely to miss three weeks.
Los Blancos confirmed via their official website, saying: “an injury to the semimembranosus muscle of the right leg” and that “his recovery will continued to be assessed.”
Benzema is now expected to miss Madrid’s Champions League opener against APOEL on Wednesday, whilst he could miss all six competitive games for the club up until the international break in October.
Having left the field due to injury, Benzema was replaced by Gareth Bale – who failed to help Madrid beat a stern and resilient Levante side.
Lucas Vazquez was on hand to level after an early goal from the visitors through Ivi, but more misery for Zidane came late on as vice-captain Marcelo was sent off for a kick out on Jefferson.