Albeit being injured, technically, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema have traveled with the squad, Real Madrid to Abu Dhabi. It seems like they will be able to play in the semifinal of Club World Cup against Kashima Antlers.
The fact is that if the match was to take place on Monday, the French player would not have played. This is because, on Sunday, he was suffering from an ankle pain and also some pain at the back of the thigh.
No doubt, he is optimistic but the question is will he be able to give his best and it is going to be a good decision risking him considering the prospective final match. This is a decision that the doctors and the players have to take with Santiago Solari in due time. There are only two days left for the semifinal to see how the injury progress and take a decision accordingly.
However, Benzema is to play the semifinals. He is the top scorer of the team having eleven foals but if he is unable to score, it is difficult to predict who can. Gareth Bale has scored again in La Liga but hasn’t done well since last September. Asensio appears to be consistent with the light off at least when they face the goal and Mariano is recuperating from the injury.
Solari has let Benzema rest and the player came back with a worried face in the game against Rayo when he felt a serious pain in the ankle.