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Doubts surround Benzema’s participation in the ‘Clásico de la Tierra’

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There are doubts that Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will take part in the summit against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday, after LaLiga’s top scorer injured his calf.
The France striker was injured after scoring twice and setting up a goal for the league leaders during their 3-0 win over Mallorca on Monday.

Real Madrid will host eternal rivals Barcelona in an opportunity to consolidate their lead and continue to lift spirits after last week’s epic rally against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League round of 16.

La Real has 66 points from 28 games, 10 points ahead of second-placed Sevilla and 15 points ahead of third-placed Barcelona.

With 11 matchdays remaining, La Real is betting on achieving the double in the domestic league and the Champions League this season.

The two rivals are on a four-match winning streak and both play with a lot of confidence.

Sunday’s game will give coach Xabi Hernández the opportunity to show how much his team has evolved since his arrival in mid-November.

Barcelona dropped to ninth place when manager Ronald Koeman was sacked, but during his recovery he has not lost since his extra-time loss to Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey on January 20, and has scored 20 goals in his last 6 league games.

And if he wins at the top, Barcelona will confirm that he is on the right track after leaving Lionel Messi before the start of the season due to financial problems.

Despite their late awakening, the Catalan side are struggling to finish the season in the golden draw and secure a spot in the Champions League, as only four points separate Barcelona from sixth-placed Real Sociedad.

Spanish media speculated that Benzema will be absent from Sunday’s match and will remain in Madrid for treatment during the international period, rather than join France for two friendlies against Ivory Coast and South Africa.

La Real announced that defender Ferland Mendy will be absent for the next two weeks due to a hamstring injury, but Rodrygo, who was injured in the match against Mallorca, can play on Sunday.

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