A hip injury has ruled Mateo Kovacic out of Real Madrid’s LaLiga opener against Deportivo La Coruna, allowing Marcos Llorente in for a chance at his first appearance of the campaign.
The Croatian had been in sterling form during the Supercopa de Espana but didn’t train in the days leading up to Los Blancos’ trip to Galicia .
Also missing out are Jesus Vallejo due to a thigh injury and the banned Cristiano Ronaldo, whilst Zinedine Zidane has opted against taking Borja Mayoral and Achraf Hakimi north.
Real Madrid matchday squad to face Depor on Sunday:
GK : Keylor, Casilla and Luca Zidane.
DEF : Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Theo.
MID : Casemiro, Marcos Llorente, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Ceballos and Asensio.
FWD: Benzema, Bale and Lucas Vazquez.