When Real Madrid visits Atletico Madrid on Sunday afternoon, they will be aiming to close the gap on La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid to two points.
Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, and Sergio Ramos have all been ruled out due to injury for Zinedine Zidane’s side, who are currently third in the table. Mariano Diaz has also been ruled out due to a muscular problem.
Karim Benzema is also a doubt due to an ankle injury, but the Frenchman trained on Friday and is expected to start the Madrid derby.
This weekend, Zidane is likely to consider a formation shift, with Federico Valverde, who is back in training, possibly joining Toni Kroos, Casemiro, and Luka Modric in a midfield four.
Vinicius Junior came off the bench to score in the 1-1 draw with Real Sociedad last time out, meanwhile, and the Brazilian could now be handed a spot in the starting XI.
Rodrygo Goes is also an option, having recently recovered from injury, while Isco and Marco Asensio are also in contention for spots in the final third of the field.
Eder Militao has been cleared to play after an adductor injury, but Nacho is expected to keep his place in the middle of the defense alongside Raphael Varane, with club captain Ramos still out.
Due to Carvajal’s absence, Lucas Vazquez will return to the starting lineup at right back, while Ferland Mendy will start at left back despite Marcelo’s return from injury.