Real Madrid let out a collective sigh of relief on Tuesday morning, with it emerging that Karim Benzema's injury fears had been allayed, following significant tests on an adductor problem suffered against Valencia.
The former Lyon forward had to leave the pitch in the 4-1 defeat at the hands of Los Che, and there were real concerns it could be a significant injury that kept him on the sidelines for a while.
Tests have determined that the adductor discomfort he felt on Sunday was merely a result of being played too much, which is happening to a lot of players in the current congested calendar.
Results showed that there was no significant damage to the player and he will have absolutely no problem in being ready to play in the club's next LaLiga Santander match, which comes on November 21 against Villarreal.
This news comes a relief to Zinedine Zidane, with the French coach having been forced to recognise that he may have had to go through decisive fixtures against Inter, Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach without his main central forward.
It will take Benzema a week of rest to recover fully, which is the one benefit of his international career being completely over.
He scored Los Merengues' only goal in the defeat at Valencia, whilst he added two more across the fixtures against Inter, Borussia Monchengladbach and Huesca.
Benzema has netted five goals in his last four outings, which suggests he is quickly finding the form which made him so reliable in 2019/20.
This is in no small part down to the return of Eden Hazard, with the pair immediately forming a connection on the pitch, which is something Zidane hopes to develop further in the run-up to the winter break.
Goals have been a problem for Los Blancos for a long time, and given Luka Jovic's disappointing performances when he was given a chance, the fact Benzema won't be ruled out for a while is a huge relief to everyone connected with the club.
Source: Marca / Pablo Polo - Chris Winterburn