MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Iker Casillas has again been left on the bench for Real Madrid’s Spanish La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao at Santiago Bernabeu.
The Spanish No. 1 has found the going tough trying to win back his place in the starting line since his return from injury last season and Diego Lopez will once again keep his place between the sticks.
There was no Kaka at all in the squad, while Mesut Ozil starts the game among the substitutes.
Luka Modric, Sami Khedira, Angel di Maria and Isco are all in the midfield with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema leading the attack.
Spanish U21 start Iker Muniain is among the starters for Athletic Bilbao, who will be hoping to avoid a heavy defeat against a Real Madrid side which always gets the better of them.
Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid: 25. Diego Lopez, 17. Alvaro Arbeloa, 4. Sergio Ramos, 3. Pepe, 12. Marcelo, 6. Sami Khedira, 19. Luka Modric, 22. Angel di Maria, 23. Isco, 7. Cristiano Ronaldo, 9. Karim Benzema.
Subs: 1. Iker Casillas, 10. Mesut Ozil, 15. Daniel Carvajal, 16. Casemiro, 18. Nacho, 20. Jese, 21. Alvaro Morata.
Athletic Bilbao: 13. Iago Herrerin, 15. Andoni Iraola, 18. Carlos Gurpegui, 4. Aymeric Laporte, 24. Mikel Balenziaga, 8. Ander Iturraspe, 17. Mikel Rico, 14. Markel Susaeta, 7. Benat, 19. Iker Muniain, 20. Aritz Aduriz.
Subs: 1. Gorka Iraizoz, 5. Erik Moran, 6. Mikel San Jose, 10. Oscar de Marcos, 11. Ibai Gomez, 21. Ander Herrera, 34. Unai Albizua.