Carlo Ancelotti is expected to make a few changes in Real Madrid’s starting line-up as Los Blancos host Levante in La Liga on Sunday.
Los Merengues aim to end a three-game winless streak, and the main surprise could be seeing Keylor Navas keeping goal. Iker Casillas was blamed by many for failing in Real’s 3-4 loss against Schalke and Ancelotti has reportedly decided to give Navas a chance.
Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric are also expected to return to the starting eleven for the first time in weeks, since both have been recovering from an injury. The Andalusian could replace Raphael Varane, who has not performed at the expected level, and the Croatian could pair alongside Toni Kroos in midfield.
Daniel Carvajal and Marcelo will also return to defence after resting in the Champions League. Their contribution to the attack could be a key for Los Blancos to recover their best game.
With Ramos and Modric fully recovered, James Rodriguez is the only injured player left in Real Madrid’s infirmary ahead of next week’s crucial Clasico against Barcelona.
Levante come into the game without many hopes of victory, since they have only won one game as visitors this season. At least Lucas Alcaraz has all his man available for this clash.
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Levante: Marino; Lopez, Navarro, Ramis, Garcia; Xumetra, Camarasa, Diop, Morales; Barral, Uche.