LaLiga News: Benzema, Real Madrid striker positive for Covid-19

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Karim Benzema had to delay his return to training at Real Madrid after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 33-year-old striker was on vacation in France when it was discovered he had the virus, which means he must isolate himself before returning to Spain.

Benzema played for France in the Euro 2020 finals after being called up to Didier Deschamps’ side for the first time since 2015.

He scored four goals in four games, scoring doubles against Portugal and Switzerland, but could not help France advance beyond the second round, with the Swiss eliminating Les Bleus on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

According to reports in Spain, Benzema is going through his quarantine period in Lyon.

A brief statement from his club reads: “Real Madrid CF confirms that our player Karim Benzema tested positive for the COVID-19 test.”

Benzema has been Real’s top scorer every La Liga season since Cristiano Ronaldo left Juventus in 2018, scoring 21 goals in 2018-19 and 2019-20 before improving to 23 goals last season, adding nine assists.

Real, who in June appointed Carlo Ancelotti to succeed Zinedine Zidane, begins their La Liga season on August 14 with a game against Deportivo Alaves.

Seeking to dethrone reigning champions Atletico Madrid in 2021-22, Ancelotti’s side will step up their pre-season efforts with a friendly against Scottish champions Rangers in Glasgow on Sunday.

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