The Saudi journalist, Sami Al-Qadi, confirmed that all the news spread about the suffering of the Nadi star the Union,French Karim Benzemafrom an incorrect muscle injury, revealing that the veteran striker is suffering from infection with the Corona virus.
Al-Qadi wrote through his personal account on the “X” platform (formerly Twitter): “Benzema’s absence during the last period due to his exposure to the Corona virus, after his return from outside the Kingdom, and not, as is rumored, his hamstring injury.”
Press reports had stated during the past few days that Benzema suffered a severe muscle injury, which led to his absence and non-participation with the Al-Ittihad team in the recent period. Some also claimed that there was a desire from the French player to leave the Al-Ittihad ranks.
But according to what was announced by the Saudi journalist, Walid Al-Farraj, there is no truth at all to what was said about Benzema’s demand to terminate his contract with Al-Ittihad. He explained during an episode of his program “Action with Walid”: “Benzema has prepared his new home in Jeddah, and the player is at the Al-Ittihad club’s headquarters in the clinic.” Medical staff to receive treatment after his injury,” stressing that the technical staff is awaiting the opinion of the medical staff tomorrow, Tuesday, to decide the possibility of the player participating in the derby match against Al-Ahly.
The awaited Jeddah derby between Al-Ittihad and Al-Ahly will be held at King Abdullah International City Stadium, “The Radiant Jewel”, on Friday evening, October 6, as part of the ninth round of competitions. Roshan Saudi League Season 2023-24.
Al-Ittihad occupies second place in the Roshen League table, with 19 points, one point behind leaders Al-Hilal, while Al-Ahly comes in sixth place, with 16 points.
It is noteworthy that Al-Ittihad announced Benzema’s injury in an official statement published on Monday, September 25. The club, which belongs to the city of Jeddah, said that Benzema (35 years old) suffered an injury to the right thigh muscle during morning training, and will need a rehabilitation program and rest for up to a week.
Benzema established himself as an extraordinary star in the current season (2023-2024) of the Saudi Roshen League with Al-Ittihad, when he scored 3 goals and provided two assists from 6 matches he played with the Tigers team.