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Football: Benzema hopeful of making Barca clash

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is hopeful of being fit for the Spanish champions' clash with Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Benzema did not travel with his teammates for Saturday's away trip to Deportivo in La Liga due to a knee problem and his presence would be missed in midweek with their Copa del Rey semi-final with Barca finely poised after a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

"I am working hard and with a lot of hope to rejoin the team as soon as possibile in this crucial week," he told the club's website.

"I am very sorry to have not been able to be in La Coruna. My teammates and manager know that I am working hard to arrive in the best conditions as quickly as possible.

"My sensations right now are positive and nothing makes me more excited than being in good shape to be able to help my team as soon as possible."

The club also confirmed that Benzema's compatriot Raphael Varane would not play against Depor due to a small muscular problem.

Coach Jose Mourinho will also not be able to count on Iker Casillas or Xabi Alonso through injury, whilst Sergio Ramos is suspended.

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