Carlo Ancelotti confirmed that striker Karim Benzema is fit and will start for Real Madrid in the Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk, ahead of the Clasico against Barcelona on Sunday.
Benzema will lead Madrid’s attack on Tuesday in Warsaw, where Shakhtar is playing their home matches due to Russia’s war on Ukraine.
The forward missed Saturday’s 1-0 LaLiga win at Getafe after playing in two games since returning from a thigh injury. Vinicius Junior may be rested in preparation for the Clasico.
“Vini is one of the players I need to evaluate because he’s done it all.” He played on Saturday night, we traveled today, and we have to evaluate it,” Ancelotti said.
“Karim is doing fine.” We’re confident he’ll start the game tomorrow. He’ll play, just like (Toni) Kroos and (Ferland) Mendy, who are both fresh and ready to go.”
Real Madrid leads Group F and can qualify for the last 16 with a win over Shakhtar.
Although Ancelotti said Thibaut Courtois was feeling better after sciatica and could return for the Clasico, Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin will start again against his homeland.
“Andriy is very shy. “He’s not a talker; it’s natural that everything that’s going on affects him, as it does everyone in Ukraine,” Ancelotti said.
“The only thing we can do is show solidarity.” We are here to assist him if he requires anything.”
“He’s doing fine. He’s still young. He has a lot of talent. These games help him gain experience and knowledge, which are the only things he requires because he possesses the characteristics of a great goalkeeper.”
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