Real Madrid were able to count on Karim Benzema for the entirety of their clash with Sevilla on Saturday afternoon, although the French forward played with a splint which protected his fractured finger and a decision will be taken between Monday and Tuesday on whether or not he needs surgery.
Whilst the ailment itself doesn’t necessarily diminish his footballing ability and potential, there is an element of discomfort to consider.
The alternative is to opt for a conservative treatment and this decision will be made by Benzema, although the player has already waited a week since suffering the injury in the victory over Real Betis.
Los Blancos were opposed to the idea of surgery, especially with it clear he could keep playing without such a procedure.
January is a notoriously difficult month for fixture congestion, with there being no free weeks for Los Merengues as a direct result of the Copa del Rey rounds being played over the course of the month.
Real Madrid‘s choice not to look to sign a center-forward in the January transfer window suggests that Benzema will continue to be unchallenged as the starting No.9, especially with Mariano unavailable at this time.