Real Madrid injury crisis deepens as Benzema fractures finger

Sergio Ramos Gareth Bale Real Madrid

They then host Sevilla - who are third in the table, level on points with Madrid - in a crunch LaLiga clash on Saturday.

Madrid were missing seven players through injury and suspension for the trip to Betis on Sunday, meaning that five players in their first La Liga seasons, either started or came off the bench.

Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric put Madrid in front in the 13th with a shot from the top of the area.

With Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio among the big-name players now missing, there was further negative injury news for Madrid with centre-forward Karim Benzema apparently fracturing a little finger late in the first half.

Friend of the player, Aitor Costa, exploded in a rage on social media and lashed out at Solari for his reluctance to select the Spain global. Cristo Gonzalez played ahead of Isco [against Betis] - this is a serious problem.

"The strength of Real Madrid is always in the group", Solari said when asked if it was an issue that his team's most important player is Vinicius, 18.

Manager Solari insists he has not fallen out with Isco and says his commission from the Betis victory was not personal.

Once Benzema had to go off injured and Betis made it 1-1 through Sergio Canales, Vinicius had to take on even more weight in his backpack as every Madrid counterattack would go through him.

Real Madrid's Varane, left, andBetis' Sanabria, fight for the ball during La Liga soccer match between Betis and Real Madrid at the Villamarin stadium in Seville, Spain, Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Vinicius had another opportunity to double the lead for Solari's men on the half-hour mark with a low strike across the face of goal that was smothered by Lopez at the near post.

Second-half substitute and former Betis player Ceballos snatched the win for Los Blancos two minutes before time with an exquisite free-kick from the edge of the box into the bottom corner.



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