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Benzema out of Juventus clash


KARIM-BENZEMAMADRID, May 4- French international striker Karim Benzema hasn’t travelled with the rest of the Real Madrid squad for the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final away to Juventus on Tuesday.

Benzema returned to training on Sunday after missing five games due to a knee problem, but hasn’t been deemed fit enough to make Carlo Ancelotti’s 20-man squad.

Gareth Bale is included after making his comeback from a calf problem for the final 30 minutes of Saturday’s 3-2 win over Sevilla.

The Welshman is expected to battle with on-form Manchester United loanee Javier Hernandez for a place in the starting line-up.