Benzema returns for leader Madrid against Betis

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has recovered from a leg

injury and is included in the Spanish leader’s squad for Saturday’s

game against Real Betis.

The France striker returns after missing two league matches and

international duty after exiting a 1-1 Champions League draw at

CSKA Moscow with a muscle injury last month.

However, Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he won’t risk Benzema’s

health against Betis ahead of the return match against CSKA on

Wednesday, but he hopes to be able to use him.

Portugal defender Pepe also returns from injury, while

midfielder Nuri Sahin was included in the squad.

Argentina forward Angel di Maria and Portugal fullback Fabio

Coentrao remains sidelined with injuries and defender Ricardo

Carvalho is suspended.