Frenchman Karim Benzema, captain of the first Al-Ittihad Football team, missed the training session conducted by his team, on Monday, as part of preparation for the continuation of the sports season’s competitions.
Al-Riyadiya sources did not have confirmed information about the reason for the absence: was it with prior permission, or for other reasons.
Al-Ittihad resumed its training after the end of the leave granted to the players by the Portuguese Nuno Santo, the team’s coach, during the suspension period of the Saudi Roshen Professional League, coinciding with the FIFA Days, amid the absence of the Al-Ittihad top scorer, who is expected to join the rest of his teammates in training tonight.
The absence from the Western Club training was not limited to the French star, but also extended to his colleague Abdul Rahman Al-Aboud, who was content with performing a morning session without participating in the evening group training.
Al-Ittihad is preparing to face its host, Al-Ukhdood, on Thursday, in the match that brings them together in the sixth round of the Roshan Saudi Professional League, on the grounds of Prince Hathloul bin Abdulaziz Sports City Stadium in Najran.
Al-Ittihad coach Nuno Santo, the Portuguese coach, is looking forward during the last two sessions before the confrontation to reach the optimal formation with which he will face the groove, in light of the confirmed absence of his compatriot Jota and the Brazilian Cornado due to injury.
It is noteworthy that Al-Ittihad occupies third place in the league standings with 12 points gained after winning 4 out of 5 matches, compared to one loss it suffered at home and among its fans in the El Clásico match against Al-Hilal last round.
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