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Hamstrung Benzema returns to Real Madrid training

Real Madrid have been handed a significant boost on the injury front with forward Karim Benzema returning to training on Friday ahead of their upcoming LaLiga fixture against Alaves.

The French international – the squad’s first-choice centre-forward – was expected to be sidelined for at least a month limping off midway through the first half during their 1-1 draw against Levante with a hamstring injury.

But the 29-year-old spectacularly rejoined his teammates for training at the Valdebebas on Friday morning a little under a fortnight since suffering the injury.

Benzema was seen undergoing a rehabilitation session in the gym before linking up with the rest of the squad.

Marcelo, Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo and Mateo Kovacic are all missing through injury with suggestions that Toni Kroos could be added to the list of casualties.

Whilst a return this weekend against 19th-placed Alaves and a trip to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund midweek looks unlikely, Benzema could be set to make an appearance Espanyol on October 1.

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