Real Madrid return to action today after the international break and head to Ciutat de Valencia where they take on Levante.
With a huge Champions League fixture against Liverpool looming large on Wednesday, the papers this morning say Carlo Ancelotti may not play all of his big guns, so there should be some playing time for Isco. The midfielder is keen to get more first team action at the club and recently challenged the boss to follow up on an interview in which he said the 22-year-old deserves to play more.
Sergio Ramos is close to a return, but is unlikely to be risked for this afternoon’s game with the Liverpool game in mind, meaning Nacho Fernandez should start. French defender Raphael Varane is missing with a fever, as is compatriot Karim Benzema, so Javier Hernandez should also get a run out.
Elsewhere, with the Clasico taking place next weekend, LFP president Javier Tebas has urged Real Madrid fans to show respect to Leo Messi should the forward break the league goalscoring record against them. He becomes the second person to publicly call on Madridistas to honour Messi after Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubiarreta expressed his hopes that Los Blancos fans would respect Messi.