Real Madrid will face Al Ahly in the semi-finals of the Club World Cup on Wednesday without key pair Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois.
Karim Benzema and Thibaut Courtois have been left out of Real Madrid’s squad for Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Al Ahly.
Captain Benzema picked up a leg injury in last week’s 2-0 LaLiga win over Valencia and the striker subsequently missed Sunday’s shock 1-0 defeat at Real Mallorca.
Goalkeeper Courtois suffered a groin strain playing in that defeat to Mallorca, which leaves Madrid eight points behind leaders Barcelona.
None of the players traveled with the Madrid team to the Moroccan capital Rabat on Monday, with Eder Militao, Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy and Eden Hazard also absent.
Key men Benzema and Courtois still have a chance to be fit for Saturday’s final against Flamengo or Al Hilal if Madrid overcome Egyptian side Al Ahly.
Los Blancos, who have won the competition four times in the last eight seasons, also have a UEFA Champions League last 16 first leg draw with Liverpool in a fortnight.