Zinedine Zidane brings in Raphael Varane for the injured Sergio Ramos as Real Madrid host Sporting Gijon.
Zinedine Zidane has brought in
for the injured Sergio Ramos as Raphael Varane host Real Madrid in La Liga this afternoon. Sporting Gijon
The defender's calf injury allows Varane to make his first league start since November - the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Barcelona - in Zidane's only change from the side that
defeated Deportivo La Coruna 5-0 in his first match in charge last time out. again starts on the bench as Zidane keeps faith in James Rodriguez alongside Isco , Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale , while Karim Benzema is again preferred to Dani Carvajal . Danilo returns from suspension and is named among the substitutes. Mateo Kovacic
For the relegation-threatened visitors,
is picked to lead the line ahead of Miguel Angel Guerrero in one of four changes from manager Antonio Sanabria . Abelardo Fernandez
There are two changes in midfield, as
and Sergio Alvarez come in for Jony and Omar Mascarell , while Carlos Carmona replaces Jorge Mere at centre-back. Bernardo Real Madrid: Navas; Marcelo, Pepe, Varane, Carvajal; Modric, Kroos; Bale, Isco, Ronaldo; Benzema Subs: Casilla, James Rodriguez, Casemiro, Kovacic, Arbeloa, Jese, Danilo Sporting Gijon: Cuellar; Lora, Luis, Mere, Isma; Sergio, Cases; Jony, Halilovic, Menendez; Guerrero Subs: Alberto Garcia, Guitian, Carmona, Sanabria, Pablo Perez, Rachid, Ndi
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