Real Madrid will be missing Karim Benzema and Eder Militao for Sunday’s La Liga clash with Mallorca.
Benzema had to be substituted in the 30th minute of Tuesday’s 3-0 victory over Celtic in the Champions League, having picked up a thigh problem.
Eden Hazard was the striker’s replacement, and the Belgian found the back of the net in a strong performance, so he could now be given the nod as a false nine against Mallorca this weekend.
There might also be another change in the final third, with Rodrygo potentially coming in for Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga is pushing to replace Luka Modric in the middle of the park.
Head coach Carlo Ancelotti has big decisions to make ahead of two key matches against RB Leipzig and Atletico Madrid, which come before the international break.
Ancelotti will want Modric for the team’s next two games, so he could be rested here, while there will have to be at least one change at the back due to Militao’s absence.
Antonio Rudiger is the obvious replacement for the Brazilian, who could potentially be available for the clash with Leipzig or Madrid derby next weekend.
Jesus Vallejo is now back in group training and could potentially make the squad, but fellow defender Alvaro Odriozola remains a major doubt due to a muscular problem.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup: Courtois; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Kroos, Tchouameni, Camavinga; Rodrygo, Hazard, Vinicius