Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has left Dani Carvajal and Luka Jovic from the squad that will face Athletic Bilbao on Thursday.
Zidane will give Lucas Vázquez the go-ahead to cover the right back, as he is expected to have a strong starting eleven.
Carvajal and Jovic will be out of the game due to injury with the Serbia international approaching a six-month loan to former club Eintracht Frankfurt. Karim Benzema is expected to start despite not scoring in the last three games for Los Blancos. . Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio are expected to flank the French forward.
Hazard trained perfectly with his teammates at Rosaleda and is expected to keep his spot in the starting lineup.
Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Fede Valverde are expected to be the team’s engine room in midfield, Luka Modric will have some rest and could probably be in the final if Real Madrid advance.