- Associated Press - Saturday, November 7, 2015

MADRID (AP) - As expected, the injured Karim Benzema was left off Real Madrid’s squad for Sunday’s match at Sevilla, two days after he was charged with conspiracy to blackmail a France teammate.

Coach Rafa Benitez says he left the striker off his squad for health reasons.

He says Benzema “is in the final part of his recovery” from a left-leg muscle tear.

A French court charged Benzema on Thursday as part of an investigation into an attempt to blackmail Lyon midfielder Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape.

Benzema has missed Madrid’s last five matches due to the leg injury.

Benitez did include Gareth Bale in the team after the Welsh winger missed four matches with a left-leg injury.

Benitez also said that Kiko Casilla would play in place of injured goalkeeper Keylor Navas.



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