Real Madrid suffered a double setback on Monday after it was confirmed that striker Karim Benzema had fractured a finger in one hand and that defender Jesus Vallejo had to leave training due to an injury to a thigh.
Benzema was injured in his team’s 2-1 victory over Real Betis and was replaced after the first half of the match, and the local press said he could be off the pitch for three weeks.
“After the tests made to our player Karim Benzema by the Medical Services of Real Madrid has been diagnosed a fracture in the phalanx of the fifth finger of the right hand,” said the club in a statement.
Vallejo retired from training crying, according to the daily AS. The 22-year-old central defender has only been able to play two games this season due to a series of physical problems, and this is his fourth injury.
Benzema and Vallejo join Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Thibaut Courtois, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz on the list of injured.
Real Madrid, fourth in the league, will face Leganés on Wednesday for the Round of 16 of the Copa del Rey before playing against Sevilla.