Benzema returns to Madrid and will miss Denmark game

The French striker scored twice in a 4-0 win over Armenia on Thursday, but was forced off in the second half with a hamstring injury and travelled back to Spain for more tests

Karim Benzema will miss France’s friendly with Denmark on Sunday after suffering a hamstring injury during the 4-0 win over Armenia.

The Real Madrid striker returned to the Spanish capital on Friday, with the French Football Federation announcing he has suffered a “first grade hamstring injury”.

Los Blancos have not yet commented on the news, although Spanish newspaper Marca have reported he could be out of action for up to three weeks — which would rule him out of matches against Levante, Celta Vigo and Paris Saint-Germain. 

Benzema scored twice against Armenia, carrying his impressive club form into the international break.

The 27-year-old leads the scoring charts in La Liga with six strikes, but he had previously been on a 12-game drought for his country.

France coach Didier Deschamps said on Thursday that he didn’t expect the injury to be “too serious” and Rafa Benitez will hope that proves the case.

Madrid have already had to make do without Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale for several matches this season, although both returned to the squad for the draw against Atletico Madrid.

Meanwhile, James Rodriguez, Pepe and Danilo were all unable to travel with their national sides this week due to injury problems.

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