The Doubts Surrounding Karim Benzema’s Participation in El Clasico
In the last two days, doubts have arisen about the participation of Frenchman Karim Benzema in the El Clasico match between his team Al Ittihad and Al Hilal in the fifth round of the Saudi Roshen League competition.
Benzema’s Controversial Injury
Benzema caused a lot of controversy over his participation in Al Hilal Clasico after he was injured in Al Wahda’s last match and left the stadium at the decision of Portuguese coach Nuno Santo so as not to aggravate the size of the injury.
Training Session Attendance
According to Saudi Sports newspaper, Benzema attended Al Ittihad’s recent training session in preparation for El Clasico’s match against Al Hilal on Friday.
Coach Santo’s Decision
Karim Benzema’s participation in the starting XI against Al-Hilal or his stay on the bench was in the hands of coach Santo, who made the first and last decision in choosing the basic elements to play in El Clasico.
In a related context, Brazilian Fabinho’s participation in the team’s midfield against Al Hilal was confirmed after he was present at the last training session after he missed last Wednesday’s group training session.
Upcoming Match Details
Al Ittihad Jeddah will host fellow Al Hilal on Friday at 9 p.m. sharp Mecca Al Mukarram time at King Abdullah Sports City in the fifth round of the league and the meeting will be broadcast via Saudi SSC Sports Network, an exclusive competition operator.