GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — France striker Karim Benzema was sidelined with an apparent knee injury in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win over Celtic in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday.
Benzema began to struggle after a sprint with the ball and put his hand on his right knee before asking to be substituted in the 30th minute. He put his hand on his face as he walked slowly down the field.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said after the game that he was optimistic about Benzema’s injury.
“After the initial assessment, it doesn’t look like it’s too serious,” he said. “But we have to wait for the test tomorrow. We’ll see.”
Benzema, 34, is coming off his best season yet, when he was the top scorer in both the Champions League and the Spanish league.
He scored 15 goals in the Champions League alone, including some decisive goals in taking the team to its record 14th European Championship. Madrid also won the Spanish league last season.
Eden Hazard, who replaced Benzema, also scored a goal and helped set up two more.