Football: Injured Benzema sidelined for rest of month

French forward Karim Benzema during Real Madrid's Champions League match against Celtic. PHOTO: AFP

MADRID - Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is set to miss the rest of the month's action after being diagnosed with two thigh injuries sustained during his side's Champions League match at Celtic on Tuesday.

Benzema was substituted on the half-hour mark of the European champions' 3-0 win at Celtic Park and a medical report released by Real on Wednesday said the Frenchman had injured the semitendinosus tendon and strained the quadricep muscle in his right thigh.

Real did not say how long the 34-year-old would be out for.

Spanish newspaper Marca, however, reported he would not return until Oct 2, missing LaLiga games against Real Mallorca and Atletico Madrid plus the Champions League home match against RB Leipzig, in addition to France's Uefa Nations League fixtures against Austria and Denmark.

Benzema was Real's top scorer last season with 42 goals, helping them win the LaLiga title and the Champions League. REUTERS

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