Karim Benzema returns to light training as Real Madrid striker discusses new deal

Karim Benzema returns to light training as Real Madrid striker discusses new deal
  1. Karim Benzema returns to light training as Real Madrid striker discusses new deal
    Jesus Vallejo also back as Los Blancos prepare for Saturday's trip to…

Karim Benzema and Jesus Vallejo have taken a step towards recovery from their respective injuries, undertaking some light training on Thursday (21 September). The Real Madrid duo are still expected to miss the Saturday's trip to Alaves but could be back soon to ease Zinedine Zidane's concerns following a disappointing start to La Liga, which has left them seven points behind leaders Barcelona after only five games.

"Real Madrid have now started preparations for their La Liga clash with Alavés. The Whites carried out their first session before their visit to Mendizorroza for their LaLiga match day six (Saturday, 4:15pm CEST) duties. The big news is that both Benzema and Vallejo trained out on the pitch, doing individual ball drills," the club confirmed.

Benzema suffered a muscle injury in his right leg during Real Madrid's draw against Levante on 9 September, being forced off and replaced by Gareth Bale before half-time.

Initial reports ruled him out for over a month, but it looks like the Frenchman could return sooner than that as Real Madrid revealed that he was back in the pitch on Thursday.

Vallejo, meanwhile, returned to Real Madrid in the summer to fill the gap left by Pepe's departure after an impressive loan spell at Eintracht Frankfurt.

However, the Spain Under 21 international is yet to play for Los Blancos after having struggling with a thigh injury since the beginning of the campaign.

The return of the French striker will be a boost for Zidane after Real Madrid have only scored nine goals in the first five games of the campaign – with Barcelona netting 17 in the same time.

Benzema refused to set a timeframe on his recovery during a press conference.

"I'm working to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible. I don't know exactly when that will be," Benzema said before playing down Los Blancos' 1-0 defeat to Real Betis on Wednesday night.

"We have not made the best of starts in La Liga. But that does not matter too much, I have every faith in the team. We work together and we're just getting started. We are seven points behind the league leaders [Barcelona], but we're united. Last year we won an incredible amount and we are Real Madrid, so in the next game I'm certain we will start to stop the rot".

Benzema was addressing the media after on Wednesday at Real Madrid announced the striker had signed a new deal at the Bernabeu until 2021 said to be worth in excess of €7.5m a year.

The striker said that he would eventually like to hang his boot…