Vinicius Junior back – How Real Madrid could line up against Valencia

Real Madrid will welcome Vinicius Junior back into the starting XI for this weekend’s La Liga fixture against Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Brazilian has missed the last two games for Real Madrid after being in isolation due to a positive coronavirus test.

His absence has been felt, too, as although Los Blancos won in the Copa del Rey during the week, defeating Alcoyano 3-1, they lost the previous game which ended in a 1-0 away defeat against city rivals Getafe in La Liga.

Dani Carvajal is unlikely to feature as he recovers from a calf issue, while Luka Jovic is unavailable due to a period in isolation.

Thibaut Courtois will start in goal behind a back four of Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy.

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric were rested for the Copa del Rey win and will likely return into the midfield three alongside Casemiro.

Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga will be the players to drop out.

Mariano Diaz had to be withdrawn against Alcoyano due to a hamstring problem so he will miss out, though Karim Benzema would have come in as his replacement anyway.

Vinicius Jr and Marco Asensio will flank the Frenchman, with Rodrygo and Eden Hazard moving to the bench.

Predicted Real Madrid XI v Valencia

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