Real Madrid will miss the services of Gareth Bale and David Alaba when they take on Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening.
Alaba resumed training on Wednesday alongside Toni Kroos but the weekend clash comes too early for the fullback. Carlo Ancelotti has included Kroos in the squad as he tries to balance his squad ahead of their title run in the Champions League.
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The Italian opted against risking Bale and Alaba in order to see the pair recapture full fitness.
The Los Blancos are at the top of the LaLiga table with 57 points, six above second-placed Sevilla.