Real Madrid will be without seven first-team players when they take on Cadiz on Wednesday night, with Luka Modric the latest to join the growing list of absentees.
As well as the Croatian midfielder, Los Blancos are missing Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, Eden Hazard, Ferland Mendy, Lucas Vazquez and Sergio Ramos.
However, Zinedine Zidane has been able to welcome back Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Nacho Fernandez and Casemiro.
It is expected that Nacho and Casemiro will return to the line-up after missing the draw at Getafe last weekend due to suspension, but Carvajal and Varane are expected to be on the bench.
Regarding Modric, he suffered a back tweak during Tuesday’s training session and he will now be monitored ahead of Real Madrid‘s next two games, which are against Real Betis on Saturday night and Chelsea next Tuesday.
Youth players called up
Zidane has once again dipped into the Castilla squad to fill out his squad, with Victor Chust, Miguel Gutierrez, Sergio Arribas and Antonio Blanco all being included for the Cadiz game.
It is expected that Zidane will opt for a 4-1-4-1 formation, with Casemiro sitting in front of the back four and then five attacking-minded players ahead of him.
Real Madrid’s squad vs Cadiz
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Andriy Lunin, Diego Altube.
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, Raphael Varane, Nacho Fernandez, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola, Victor Chust, Miguel Gutierrez.
Midfielders: Casemiro, Isco, Sergio Arribas, Antonio Blanco.
Forwards: Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Mariano Diaz, Rodrygo Goes.