Benzema ruled out of Paris Saint-Germain clash

The striker has failed to recover from a hamstring problem in time to face the Ligue 1 champions on Wednesday

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema will miss Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain with a hamstring injury.

The France striker picked up the problem while on international duty and missed the 3-0 Liga win over Levante at the weekend.

Benzema had been hopeful that he would be fit to face the Ligue 1 champions, with coach Rafa Benitez revealing he’d shown signs of improvement.

However, he has not been included in Madrid’s 19-man squad for the trip to Parc des Princes, with the 27-year-old joining Gareth Bale on the sidelines, along with James Rodriguez, Pepe and Dani Carvajal.

Lucas Vazquez, Jese Rodriguez and Borja Mayoral are the other recognised forwards who could join Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.

Madrid and PSG head into the game level on six points at the top of Group A.

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