Carlo Ancelotti has named 21 players in his matchday squad for Real Madrid’s La Liga game against Villarreal on Saturday.
As expected, Dani Carvajal, Álvaro Odriozola and Mariano Díazare are out injured. The seven players who were rested for the Copa del Rey match against Cacereño are back in the squad.
Thibaut Courtois, Ferland Mendy, David Alaba, Toni Kroos, Luka Modrić, Vinícius and Karim Benzema are all back in the squad and are all expected to start in Madrid’s first league game in 2023 against Quique Setién’s side.
Real Madrid squad:
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Luis López.
Defenders: E. Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Lucas V., Rüdiger, F. Mendy.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Camavinga, Valverde, Tchouaméni, D. Ceballos.
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vinícius, Rodrygo.
Los Blancos trained at Valdebebas at 15:00 on Friday, before heading east to Castellón, where they will spend the night tonight.
The action gets underway in Vila-real at 16:15 CET on Saturday 7 January 2023.
Kieran Quaile | GSFN