Aitor Karanka, the assistant manager of Spanish giants Real Madrid, has moved to quell talks about the injury sustained by their French striker Karim Benzema saying that the forward was withdrawn eight minutes into the second half of their Spanish League encounter against lowly Granada purely as a precaution.

The French international forward, who scored twice in the 5-1 thumping of the newly promoted side, was substituted in the second half, sparking rumors that Benz would be out of the crucial King’s Cup tie second leg encounter against Malaga CF, which the capital side are leading 3-2 on aggregate.

However, Karanka is adamant that there is nothing to worry about Benzema being a part of the Real Madrid side in that match, and that it did not seem to be serious. Benzema is almost certain to travel with the side to take part in the match.

Madrid are the current holders of the King’s Cup and even with the unerring form of the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo, are very much dependent on the Frenchman for the goals up front. The latest online football betting odds place Real as favourites to win the Copa Del Ray, but that would all change if Benzema or Ronaldo got injured.

Benzema has been in sensational form this season and has overshadowed Ronaldo on many occasions including in El Clasico against arch nemesis Barcelona when he gave his side a first minute lead in a match they went on to lose 3-1 to the Spanish champions.

Karanka also stated that too much was being made of the quiet goal celebration of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was booed off the pitch by the Real Madrid after another indifferent show. He dispelled rumors that the Portuguese international was unhappy at the Santiago Bernabeu and said that he is fully committed to the club’s cause and it’s just that he’s going through a bad patch at the moment.