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  • October 20, 2012
  • • 12:00 PM
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez
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La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Celta Vigo

La Liga Preview: Real Madrid - Celta Vigo

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A crippling injury wave during the international break has decimated Jose Mourinho's squad ahead of Saturday's clash with the Galician outfit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Ramos, Pepe, Albiol, Nacho
Essien, Alonso
Callejon, Modric, Ronaldo
Higuain
CELTA VIGO

Varas
Mallo, Cabral, Tunez, Lago
Oubina, Insa
Fernandez, Park, Krohn-Dehli
Aspas

Real Madrid is facing an ever-growing sick list that could rob it of a half a dozen players for their Primera Division encounter with Celta Vigo.

Fullbacks Marcelo (foot), Alvaro Arbeloa (hamstring) and Fabio Coentrao (groin) are definitely out after sustaining injuries during international duty. Sami Khedira, Raphael Varane, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain are all racing to be fit for the Bernabeu match.

Coach Jose Mourinho looks set to ease his defensive crisis by handing a start to Castilla's Nacho at leftback, with Sergio Ramos likely to step in at the opposite flank.

Celta Vigo goalkeeper Javi Varas has resumed training after suffering a dislocated finger and may return to the starting XI. Nacho Insa (knee) and Andres Tunez (back) will be handed late fitness tests, while striker Toni (ankle) is fit.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid is on a 15-match unbeaten Liga run at the Santiago Bernabeu (W12, D3).
  • The Castilian side has already dropped 10 points in La Liga this term, just four fewer than in the whole of last season.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) has scored eight goals in his last three matches for Real in all competitions.
  • Celta Vigo is yet to win on its travels in La Liga this term, having lost all three of its away fixtures to date.
  • However, Os Celestes triumphed against Madrid on its last two Liga visits to the Bernabeu.
  • Celta's last defeat away to Real was a 4-2 reverse in February 2004.

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3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
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14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
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22Gustavo Daniel CabralDefender
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