Casillas will make the bench for Madrid in Levante match

The experienced goalkeeper is one step closer to making his comeback after missing the past nine weeks due to a fractured hand, but Aitor Karanka says that Saturday is too soon
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is set to bring Iker Casillas back into his squad for Saturday's La Liga match against Levante following his recovery from a fractured hand.

The 31-year-old goalkeeper sustained a hand injury in his side's 1-1 Copa del Rey draw against Valencia on January 23, forcing the signing of Diego Lopez, who has performed admirably in the skipper's absence.

And Blancos assistant coach Aitor Karanka has now made it clear that the Spain international is raring to go again and shared his delight at having the club captain available again.

"He is at a high level again and has been included in the match squad," he stated at a press conference.

"He has shown his best on the training pitch this week and we are happy to have him back at this decisive stage of the season."

However, Karanka ruled out dropping Lopez this weekend but refused to rule out the Spain international making his return against Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night.

"[Casillas will] not play tomorrow, but I can’t tell you what might happen in the future. Nobody expected [Michael] Essien to play on Wednesday, either.

"He’s made the squad. He’s been getting better this week and training specific parts of his game. He also took part in an 11-a-side game and everything went according to plan."