Real Madrid Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Alaves

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Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos' La Liga clash at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday...

Real Madrid return to action after the international break with a match at home to Alaves in the Primera Division on Sunday.

Zinedine Zidane's side lead La Liga by two points from fierce rivals Barcelona and also have a game in hand after their fixture away to Celta Vigo was postponed in February.

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Real beat Athletic Club 2-1 in an impressive victory prior to the recent break, but Los Blancos will be keen to defeat Alaves as well ahead of tough tests against Atletico and Barcelona in April.


REAL MADRID INJURIES


Raphael Varane and Pepe are both available again after injury, so Zidane has all four of his central defenders to choose from for the game against Alaves.

Fabio Coentrao admitted recently that he is nowhere near the level required to play for Madrid and the Portuguese is unlikely to feature in this match.

Zidane has no other injury concerns for Sunday's game.

Raphael Varane Sevilla Real Madrid La Liga 15012017


REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS


Casemiro misses out through suspension on Sunday, while Dani Carvajal and Cristiano Ronaldo are both just one booking away from a ban, which will be a concern for Zidane with the derby against Atletico ahead next weekend (after the game at Leganes).

Marek Hamsik Casemiro Real Madrid Napoli Champions League


REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Zidane has a full-strength squad available for the game against Alaves, with the exception of the suspended Casemiro, so the Frenchman can pick a strong side for Sunday's match at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Mateo Kovacic is in line to replace Casemiro in midfield, while Carvajal and Ronaldo should start despite the risk of suspension, with a booking for either of those two on Sunday meaning they will miss the midweek match at Leganes and not the derby against Atletico next weekend.

Meanwhile, Zidane could decide to hand a start to Kiko Casilla in goal. Isco and James Rodriguez are also in contention, but the line-up will also depend somewhat on the coach's plans for the visit of Atletico next weekend.

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ALAVES TEAM NEWS


Alaves are enjoying an excellent season and currently lie in 10th place in the table, with 40 points already - making them safe from relegation even at this early stage.

Mauricio Pellegrino's side beat Barcelona at Camp Nou earlier on in the campaign and will also face Luis Enrique's side in the final of the Copa del Rey in May.

Defender Carlos Vigaray is doubtful for the trip to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, while midfielder Marcos Llorente is ineligible due to a clause in his loan agreement with Real Madrid.

Theo Hernandez Gaizka Toquero Alaves Copa del Rey


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Real Madrid have scored in their last 49 games in all competitions, an average of 2.69 goals per game - the best run ever for a La Liga side.

  • Los Blancos are the only La Liga side not to have lost a game at home this season (with 11 wins and three draws from their 14 league games at the Santiago Bernabeu).

  • This will be Alaves' 12th visit to the Santiago Bernabeu in the top tier, winning only once in the previous 11 games (and losing the other 10). However, the Basques have won three of their last four fixtures.

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  • The only side Karim Benzema has faced but failed to score against in La Liga is Alaves, netting versus the other 30 teams he has played against in the competition.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Real Madrid versus Alaves kicks off at 16:15 CET at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday and will be shown live in the UK from 15:00 GMT on Sky Sports 2.

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