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  • August 26, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
  • Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández
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Granada-Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos set for revenge mission

Granada-Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos set for revenge mission

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Jose Mourinho's men were stunned when they were beaten 1-0 at the Nuevo los Carmenes last season but, under Carlo Ancelotti, they will be hoping to redeem themselves

Asier Illarramendi could be in line to make his Real Madrid debut when they travel to Granada in La Liga on Monday.

The midfielder moved to the Bernabeu from Real Sociedad in July, but failed to make an appearance in pre-season as he recovered from muscle injuries sustained during the European Under-21 Championship, which he helped Spain win.

However, he took part in full training ahead of the game and will be a useful boost to Carlo Ancelotti's midfield numbers.

Xabi Alonso (foot) and Sami Khedira (knee) have been absent from training recently, with the former definitely ruled out.

Khedira limped out of Madrid's narrow 2-1 win over Betis last week and is likely to be replaced by Brazilian Casemiro, who came on in his place in the home victory.

Raphael Varane remains unavailable for selection due to a knee injury sustained at the end of last season, leaving Sergio Ramos and Pepe as the only senior centre-backs available to Ancelotti.

Isco is likely to continue in the creative hub for Madrid after scoring their late winner last week. Jorge Molina had given the Andalusian side a 14th-minute lead before Karim Benzema equalised shortly afterwards.

A frustrating game for Madrid looked to be heading for a draw, until the former Malaga man nodded home on his home debut in the dying embers.

Granada also kicked off their league campaign with a 2-1 success, impressively turning over Osasuna away from home.

Two goals in the space of seven first-half minutes from Hassan Yebda and Youssef El-Arabi were enough to seal the points.

Coach Lucas Alcaraz is likely to be without captain Diego Mainz, who was forced to sit out the win over Osasuna.

Goalkeeper Roberto will once again play through the pain of a toe injury, but experienced striker Carlos Aranda is sidelined.

Guilherme Siqueira was left out of Alcaraz's team last week amid rumours of a move to Liverpool or Real Madrid, with the 47-year-old boss admitting that the left-back is unlikely to feature for the club unless he remains after the transfer window closes.

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2Allan NyomDefender
4Pape DiakhatéDefender
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5MainzDefender
20Yacine BrahimiMidfielder
11Dani BenítezMidfielder
-Hassan YebdaMidfielder
-Manuel IturraMidfielder
10PitiStriker
15Youssef El ArabiStriker
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4Fran RicoMidfielder
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25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
11Mesut ÖzilMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
23IscoMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
15Daniel CarvajalDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
16CasemiroMidfielder
8KakáMidfielder
21MorataStriker
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