Real Madrid hitman Karim Benzema will miss their pre-season El Clasico clash with Barcelona.
Los Blancos will travel to the United States for a preseason tour ahead of the 2022/23 La Liga campaign.
Real Madrid first team squad back in training already but Benzema is still absent due to an extended break for the Frenchman.
Football espana reported that the 34-year-old was granted extra time off, due to his international call up with France in June, on the back of a demanding season for the veteran striker.
Mundo Deportivo reported that Benzema will land in the US on July 19th, with just three training sessions before the Barcelona game, in Las Vegas on July 29.
He could be included for their final match of the tour, against an MLS All-Star XI, in Chicago on August 2.