"When you are creating chances it is always important to have your top striker," said Benitez, whose side are now seventh in the Premier League and have already been knocked out of the Champions League.
"He's a player who everybody knows is really good. He is important for us and would be for any top side in the world.
"Hopefully he will be ready this week and maybe we will see different things. I don't know if he will play or be on the bench and we can give him some minutes.
"It depends on his progression in the coming days."
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