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Two Real Madrid stars at risk of missing Barcelona clash due to suspension



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Before Real Madrid take on FC Barcelona in La Liga later this month, they have a key contest coming up against another Catalan outfit in the form of Espanyol.

The two sides are set to lock horns tomorrow at Santiago Bernabeu, in what could be a must-win encounter for the home side. The hosts are indeed trailing league leaders Barça by a whopping nine points and must secure a victory if they are to remain in the race.

However, heading into the game, a couple of Real Madrid players must proceed with caution as they are running the risk of missing the Barcelona game due to a yellow card suspension.

The two players in question are Eduardo Camavinga and Nacho Fernandez. Both players have picked up four yellow cards this season and will miss the next league game if they pick up another one tomorrow.

While Nacho has played a bit-part role in the Real Madrid first-team this season, which in turn, has led to speculations over his future, the potential absence of Camavinga could be a major blow for Los Blancos.

This is because the young midfielder has played a critical role in midfield in recent months. His performances in midfield have been commendable while his versatility has allowed Carlo Ancelotti to deploy him as a left-back, during the absence of David Alaba and Ferland Mendy.

While both the players are nearing their return to full fitness, one would expect Camavinga to once again be in contention to start at left-back against Barcelona, especially if the two do not recover in time.

Camavinga, therefore, must proceed with caution as Real Madrid take on Espanyol. It will not come as a surprise to see the youngster being barred from playing the ninety minutes and replaced halfway by someone like Nacho.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Elche



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The Santiago Bernabeu is ready for the first time in a fortnight as Real Madrid are set to host relegation-threatened Real Valladolid for gameweek 27 of La Liga. The gap between them and Barcelona was increased to 15 yesternight, and los blancos will be looking to cut it down to 12 to scarce the tiniest bit of hope of defending their league crown.

Carlo Ancelotti has opted to use a highly attacking starting lineup for the clash, with Karim Benzema spearheading the front-three. He is flanked by Marco Asensio on the right while Vinicius Jr retains his place on the left.

Rodrygo also gets the nod to start, probably as an attacking midfielder in what looks like a 4-2-3-1.

Aurelien Tchouameni has been given the nod in midfield, with Toni Kroos forming the double pivot alongside him.

With Antonio Rudiger, Ferland Mendy, and Nacho out injured, Eduardo Camavinga gets the license to start as the left-back, while Lucas Vazquez flanks the defence from the right. The usual suspects — Eder Militao and David Alaba — start in central defence.

Thibaut Courtois was a doubt heading into this game, but has been given the medical greenlight to take his place as the goalkeeper.

Madrid XI: Courtois; Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Camavinga; Tchouameni, Kroos; Asensio, Rodrygo, Vinicius; Benzema

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