Ancelotti happy with Madrid squad despite Benzema injury issues

The coach said Benzema will not face Girona despite training on Friday, while Rodrygo was a doubt after feeling unwell overnight.

“This is the squad which will continue until the end of the season and it will not change, ” said Carlo Ancelotti

“This is the squad which will continue until the end of the season and it will not change, ” said Carlo Ancelotti | Photo Credit: Getty Images

The coach said Benzema will not face Girona despite training on Friday, while Rodrygo was a doubt after feeling unwell overnight.

 Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is happy with the current squad and won’t look for back-up for Karim Benzema in January.

The Ballon d’Or winning striker, who turns 35 in December, has suffered from thigh injuries this season and missed most of the club’s matches in September.

“We are not thinking about the winter window, we are not interested in it,” Ancelotti told a news conference on Saturday, ahead of Real Madrid’s clash with Girona on Sunday.

“This is the squad which will continue until the end of the season and it will not change.”

The coach said Benzema will not face Girona despite training on Friday, while Rodrygo was a doubt after feeling unwell overnight.

“After training he did not feel comfortable, he did a test, there’s no problem but we have to take into account how he feels,” said Ancelotti.

“There are clinical tests, that say there’s no problem, but after that there’s how the player feels, and he says he’s not 100 percent.”

By contrast, Luka Modric, Fede Valverde, Dani Ceballos and Mariano will return for the league leaders after various injury problems.

Madrid suffered their first defeat of the season across all competitions against Leipzig on Tuesday, but had already qualified for the Champions League last 16.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois criticised the team after the game, saying they went out “asleep” against the Bundesliga side.

“What Thibaut said was not ferocious, it was fair,” said Ancelotti.

“Now we don’t have to think too much about what happened in Leipzig, it’s over, we saw it, and now we will correct it.”

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