Karim Benzema is unlikely to feature in Real Madrid's final La Liga match of the season against Getafe this weekend after results of scans revealed he had sustained a thigh muscle tear.
Real released a statement on their website yesterday stating: "After tests conducted on Karim Benzema today a tear in the right rectus femoris muscle was diagnosed."
The news will be particularly disappointing for the former Lyon striker, who has failed to shine this season in the company of his fellow talented teammates Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Benzema had already been sidelined for many important games in both the Champions League and La Liga due to a knee injury and will consider his tally of 22 goals this season as an underwhelming return by his own standards.
What the future holds
After such a disappointing season Benzema may be looking for a new challenge away from the Santiago Bernabeu next season, with Arsene Wenger reportedly keen on navigating a transfer to Arsenal. The Gunners boss knows that he needs to provide competition for Olivier Giroud and believes his French compatriot would be a viable option.
Real as a collective will also be disappointed with their results this season, having failed to win any silverware over the campaign whilst their rivals Barcelona are on track for an astonishing treble. The Blaugrana have already secured the La Liga title after their win against Atletico Madrid last week and could clinch the Champions League against Juventus.
Misfortunes for Real
Real were knocked out of Europe's premier cup competition in the semi-final stage by Serie A champions Juventus, falling 3-2 on aggregate.
Los Blancos will face Getafe on Saturday in their final match of the season and will finish in second place in the league table regardless of their result.
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