JEDDAH — Saudi Arabian Pro League champions Al-Ittihad announced the absence of French striker Karim Benzema due to injury on Monday.

The club said in a statement on Monday: “Player Karim Benzema has suffered an injury to his right thigh muscle and will require a seven-day treatment and rehabilitation program.”

As a result, Benzema will miss three matches for his team in all competitions.

The French striker will not be part of Coach Nuno Santo’s lineup against Al-Kholoud in the King’s Cup on Tuesday, and he’ll also be absent in the league match against Al-Fayha on Friday.

Furthermore, he’s unlikely to participate in the top-of-the-league clash against Al-Ahli on Oct. 6, pending physical assessments.

Al-Ittihad currently leads the Saudi Pro League with 18 points from seven matches, holding a one-point lead over second-placed Al-Hilal.

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