Benzema & James could face PSG – Benitez

The French striker has been out of action since mid-October while the Colombian has not played since August, but they could be fit for the crucial Champions League match


Real Madrid stars Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez could be fit to face Paris Saint-Germain in Tuesday’s Champions League tie, Rafael Benitez has said.

After a bright start to the season, the French attacker has been absent from the Madrid team for the last three weeks, while his Colombian team-mate has not featured for the capital club since August.

Madrid and PSG are joint top with seven points heading into the match at the Santiago Bernabeu, and Benitez welcomes the return of the duo as they fight for first place in Group A.

“Benzema is on schedule for his return against PSG,” the coach told reporters. “He still needs confidence to play.

“James is also on the list, he’s better. That does not mean he will start, though, because he lacks match fitness.

“Also, Mateo Kovacic is well. He is available, he is training normally.

“When they are all available, I will have to say who plays and who doesn’t. But football goes from day to day.”

While the ex-Liverpool boss feels the quality of PSG cannot be understated, he is happy with the way his side are improving and hopes Cristiano Ronaldo can be relied upon to make the difference.

“This PSG is among the best teams in Europe, without doubt. We are doing well but I am convinced that it will improve. I want to see the best team when we are competing for titles.

“Ronaldo is a fundamental player for us. I hope that he is tomorrow and for many years to come.”

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