Kaka and Benzema due back next week

MADRID - Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that Brazilian playmaker Kaka and France striker Karim Benzema will return from injury layoffs next week.

"I hope that they will already be back with the team next week," the Chilean said at a news conference on Wednesday. "They are two important players for us and their quality is unquestionable."

Kaka has been sidelined by an adductor muscle problem, while Benzema has a groin injury. La Liga leaders Real play at Getafe on Thursday and host Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

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