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

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Everything you need to know ahead of Los Blancos' league match at home to the Andalusians on Saturday...

Real Madrid meet Malaga in La Liga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday after thrashing APOEL 6-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scored two goals each as Zinedine Zidane's side secured qualification for the last 16 of the European competition and Los Blancos will now look to carry that form into La Liga after a goalless draw at Atletico last weekend saw them fall 10 points behind Barcelona.

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Madrid sealed the title last season by beating Malaga on the final day of the campaign, but have plenty of work ahead if they are to retain their crown this time around.

Here, Goal takes a look at everything you need to know ahead of Saturday's match...


REAL MADRID INJURIES


Gareth Bale returned to training on Friday following a hamstring problem, but Zidane says the Welshman will play only when he is 100 per cent fit.

Keylor Navas is also back in training and in contention for a place in the side, but is unlikely to be risked on Saturday. 

Mateo Kovacic is also available again after a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but Sergio Ramos is set to miss out after suffering a broken nose against Atletico, although he could possibly feature in a protective mask.

Marco Asensio is out with a muscle problem that is set to see him missing for around 10 days.

Sergio Ramos Real Madrid 2017


REAL MADRID SUSPENSIONS


Nacho was booked for the fifth time in La Liga this season in last weekend's derby away to Atletico and the versatile defender is therefore banned for the game against Malaga.

Nacho Fernandez Real Madrid


REAL MADRID POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP


Kiko Casilla looks set to continue in goal for Real Madrid, although Zidane could recall Navas if he considers the Costa Rican ready to return to first-team action.

In defence, Ramos looks set to miss out and Nacho is suspended, so Jesus Vallejo is in line to feature alongside Raphael Varane.

With Asensio out and Bale not ready to feature from the outset, Isco, Karim Benzema and Cristiano should all start in attack.

Real Madrid possible line-up Malaga


MALAGA TEAM NEWS


Malaga are still in the relegation zone, despite an improvement in recent weeks for the Andalusian club.

Michel's men lost their first five fixtures in La Liga, but hard-fought home wins over Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruna have seen the team rise to 18th place ahead of Saturday's trip to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Miguel Torres, Federico Ricca and Zdravko Kuzmanovic all miss out through injury.

Michel Malaga Barcelona La Liga


BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS


  • Real Madrid have only lost one of their 32 games against Malaga in La Liga (having won 23 and drawn eight). Their one defeat was a 3-2 loss at La Rosaleda in December 2012, when Jose Mourinho dropped Iker Casillas.

  • Real Madrid have 24 points in La Liga this season, 10 fewer than Barcelona. That is their biggest points difference with the Blaugrana at this stage ever.

  • Malaga are winless in their 16 visits to Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga (having lost 13 of those). Only against Valencia at Mestalla (17) have they played more La Liga away games without a win than at Real Madrid's ground.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in his 16 encounters against Malaga in La Liga, 10 of them coming in the first half.

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  • Michel has lost six of his seven managerial games against Real Madrid in La Liga and his teams have only scored five goals in those, conceding 18. His only win against his former club was when he was Sevilla manager in 2012 (1-0).

  • Karim Benzema has failed to score in his last seven La Liga games at the Santiago Bernabeu, his longest scoring drought at home for Real Madrid.


TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME


Real Madrid versus Malaga kicks off at 16:15 local time at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. British broadcasting laws rule that games at that time cannot be shown live, but the match can be seen in full from 17:30 UK time on Sky Sports Football via the red button. 

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