Benzema to return – How Real Madrid could line up against Granada

Real Madrid will likely welcome Karim Benzema back into their starting lineup for this weekend’s La Liga fixture against Granada.

During the week, the Frenchman was sorely missed as Real Madrid were eliminated from the Copa del Rey by Athletic Bilbao.

At San Mames, a late Alex Berenguer strike was enough to send the Basque side through to the semi-final with a narrow 1-0 victory.

Benzema was missing with a hamstring issue but is back training and should start against Granada.

Dani Carvajal should be available again after a period of isolation due to Covid.

Ferland Mendy is a major doubt.

Thibaut Courtois will start in goal behind a likely back four of Carvajal, Nacho, Eder Militao and David Alaba.

Carlo Ancelotti rarely deviates from his preferred midfield trio of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric so they will probably start again.

Vinicius Junior is suspended, so Rodrygo might be asked to play on the left, with Marco Asensio on the opposite flank supporting Benzema.

Predicted Real Madrid X v Granada

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