Madrid - Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema limped out of training with a knee problem on Friday and coach Carlo Ancelotti said he will miss Saturday's La Liga game at home to Malaga.
Benzema, who picked up the injury in Tuesday's 0-0 Champions League quarter-final first leg draw at Atletico Madrid, should be fit for the return game at the Bernabeu on Wednesday, Ancelotti told a news conference.
"Benzema is not available (for Saturday) but we will have him back for the next game," added the Italian.
Losing their first-choice striker, even if just for one match, is a blow to the European champions at a crucial stage of the season.
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Benzema, a France international, has scored 15 goals in La Liga and six in the Champions League this term and is important to the team for his link-up play with fellow forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Ancelotti is likely to bring Isco into the starting lineup on Saturday, with the Spain midfielder operating in a central playmaking role alongside James Rodriguez.
Second-placed Real are two points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who host fourth-placed Valencia earlier on Saturday. (Additional reporting by Silvio Castellanos, editing by Ed Osmond)For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.