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The Roshan Saudi League is already underway with all the domestic teams locking horns with each other. Likewise, Neymar Jr.’s Al Hilal is set to play Karim Benzema’s Al Ittihad for a much-anticipated match. But just two days before the clash, a major incident has unfolded surrounding Benzema which has left the soccer fraternity in disbelief.

Already, a lot of developments have unfolded since the inception of the new Saudi Pro League. However, the news surrounding the Al Ittihad star has left everyone very disappointed.

A shocking update on Karim Benzema sends fans reeling


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Yesterday in the Roshan League, Al Ittihad locked horns with Al Wehda. The Nuno Espírito Santo’s side were able to thrash the home side 3-0 at King Abdul Aziz Stadium. However, that win came at the cost of seeing their star player Karim Benzema get injured.

The Frenchman started the game for the Riyadh side. However, in the 42nd minute, the 35-year-old was forced to come off the pitch after sustaining an injury. He was taken off with the fellow summer signing Jota, who eventually got into the scoresheet in the 67th minute. He secured a 2-0 lead after Romarinho’s initial breakthrough came four minutes before Jota’s goal.


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Following that, Igor Coronado managed to drive in a third goal for Al-Ittihad. However, coming back, Benzema’s injury has given a huge blow to Nuno’s side. Additionally, this led the soccer fans to fire their reactions on Twitter. A fan urged Benzema to recover quickly as he wants to see the striker cook Ronaldo’s Al Nassr –

Others expressed their sadness over his injury.

A few fans question why so many players are getting injured this easily.

Indeed, Al Ittihad fans won’t be happy to hear such news. Reports suggest Benzema may have a suspected hamstring issue. Let’s hope it isn’t too severe and will be able to face Neymar’s Al Hilal.

Speaking of that, when will Ney play for Al Hilal?

When will Neymar play for Al Hilal?


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After a grand unveiling, Neymar Jr. quickly joined his new teammates for his first training session. He was touted to even play his first game earlier this week. However, his first appearance in the Saudi Pro League was delayed because of an unfortunate muscle injury he suffered while playing for PSG.

As a result, he had to engage in an extensive recuperation regimen along with other injured teammates.

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The 31-year-old has joined the renowned Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the recovery session. As of now, he’ll be continuing with his recovery. Let’s hope he’s back on the pitch very soon as fans can’t wait to see him in action.


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Abhishek Mishra


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Abhishek Mishra is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. Abhishek's love for soccer began during his childhood days when he spent most of his time playing and watching the sport. His early exposure to soccer earned him many accolades at district and zonal levels, making him a true sports enthusiast.
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