Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has been ruled out of Real Madrid‘s clash with Sevilla in LaLiga on Saturday with “muscular fatigue,” the club have confirmed.

Benzema, who became the first French player to win the Ballon d’Or since Zinedine Zidane in 1998, felt discomfort during Madrid’s final training session of the week on Friday.

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Despite being initially included in Saturday’s matchday squad, sources told ESPN he was a doubt for the clash, and he has now been withdrawn.

“Following tests carried out on Karim Benzema by the Real Madrid Medical Services, he has been diagnosed with muscular fatigue in the quadricep muscle of his left leg,” the club said in a statement.

Benzema has experienced an injury-disrupted start to the season and was out for a month with a thigh problem between Sept. 6 and Oct. 2.

He opened the scoring against Barcelona in Madrid’s 3-1 Clasico win last Sunday before picking up the Ballon d’Or in Paris a day later, and then scoring again — and having two more goals disallowed for offside — in Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Elche.

Madrid go into the game with Sevilla three points clear of rivals Barca at the top of LaLiga.

They will play six games before the mid-season break for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with the Sevilla match followed by a trip to RB Leipzig in the Champions League next week — with qualification from group F already assured — and then games with Girona, Celtic, Rayo Vallecano and Cadiz.

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Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema ruled out with muscle fatigue

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