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Benzema Ruled Out Of Juve Clash

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has not recovered sufficiently from a knee injury and has been left out of the squad for Tuesday’s Champions League semifinal first leg at Juventus, the holders said on Monday.

The France international sustained the injury in last month’s quarterfinal first leg at Atletico Madrid and although he only returned to training on Sunday, coach Carlo Ancelotti had   expressed hope he would be fit.

Real’s Mexico forward Javier Hernandez could start upfront in Turin alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who returned from a calf problem as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 3-2 La Liga win at Sevilla. Real are seeking a record-extending 11th European crown, while Italian champions Juve are chasing their third.

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