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Los Blancos down to bare bones – How Real Madrid could line up against Cadiz

Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti will be without a flurry of stars for Sunday’s La Liga match against Cadiz.

Positive Covid test results for Marco Asensio, Rodrygo, Marcelo, Andriy Lunin and Gareth Bale will see all of those players miss out.

Luka Modric also tested positive for the virus but more recently turned in a negative test, so it remains to be seen as to whether he will be available to play.

Dani Carvajal and Karim Benzema are also unlikely to be involved as they are carrying a couple of knocks, which could mean rare starts for Lucas Vazquez and Luka Jovic.

Dani Ceballos is also missing with an ankle problem.

Thibaut Courtois will start in goal as always, with Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy set to make up the back four, with Nacho also an option at right-back.

If Modric cannot play, expect Federico Valverde to be given a start alongside Toni Kroos and Casemiro.

With so many attacking players unavailable, Eden Hazard could be given the opportunity to impress, although it might be out of position on the right-hand side of the front three.

Luka Jovic will lead the line, with in-form Vinicius Junior on the left.

Predicted Real Madrid XI v Cadiz

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