Zidane blasts lies over Benzema injury
Coach Zinedine Zidane insists Karim Benzema's hamstring injury was picked up playing for Real Madrid in El Clasico and not on holiday.
Benzema was forced off the pitch just after the hour mark as Los Blancos were thrashed 3-0 by the Catalans on December 23.
It was later confirmed that the France international would be out of action for a while and, due to the gap between injury and announcement, sections of the press suggested that the injury was not football related.
However, Zidane has made it clear he believes Benzema's version of events and that the leg problem first occurred against Barca.
"There was talk that he had something before the game, that is lies for me," he said. "I trust in the player, nothing else. He picked up a problem in El Clasico.
"After the game he felt something and then we didn't know exactly what it was. We had tests.
"We thought it was just a knock and then during the holiday we realised it was something a bit more serious after the scan."
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