(Sporting Alert) — As promised by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, midfielder Xabi Alonso starts for the first time this season, while Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema also start in the La Liga clash at Rayo Vallecano.
The former Liverpool midfielder returns to starting line-up for the first time in five months, following his run-out as a substitute against Sevilla in the 7-3 victory in midweek.
The Spanish international plays alongside Luka Modric and Ángel Di María, while Bale and Benzema will join Cristiano Ronaldo in the attack.
Isco, who at the start of the season was seen as an automatic starter, has again been left on the bench, as well as Asier Illarramendi.
Rayo Vallecano vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Alonso, Carvajal, Modric, Di Maria, Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale.
Subs: Casillas, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Jesé, Morata, Isco, Illarramendi.
Rayo Vallecano: Ruben, Tito, Martinez, Arbilla, Galvez, Lass Bangoura, Trashorras, Jonathan Viera, Falque, Gonzalez.