Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been boosted by some positive injury news in the last 24 hours.
Los Blancos head into the La Liga winter break with a four point lead at the top of the table after a mixed start to 2022.
Ancelotti’s charges were forced to battle back with a last gasp double, to seal a dramatic 2-2 draw at home to Elche last weekend.
Star man Karim Benzema was forced off with a knock in the second half at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, but according to reports from Diario AS, the move was a precaution from Ancelotti.
Benzema will now be rested during the break, with Spanish full back Dani Carvajal also back in contention, after testing positive for Covid-19 during their Spanish Supercopa win in Saudi Arabia.
However, Ancelotti will also be keeping a close eye on the incoming South American World Cup qualifiers, with five first teamers away on international duty next month.