Madrid begin against Oviedo

Real Madrid begin their preparations for the 2012-13 season with a friendly against Real Oviedo on Tuesday night.

Jose Mourinho’s team will be without the club’s international players after their participation in Euro 2012, while striker Karim Benzema will also miss the game at the Nuevo Carlos Tartiere despite having returned to training on Monday.

Defender Ricardo Carvalho, who has missed training for seven consecutive days, will also be absent and there will be no appearance from Brazilian midfielder Kaka, who was originally named in the squad but was pulled out as his future at the Santiago Bernabeu is up in the air.

It will be the first of six friendlies Madrid will play before the La Liga season kicks off on the weekend of August 18-19, with Los Blancos set to face Benfica after the Oviedo game before jetting off to the United States for a further four matches.

The full 22-man squad is:

Goalkeepers: Adan, Jesus and Pacheco

Defenders: Varane, Fabinho, Nacho, Mateos, Casado, Rios and Ivan

Midfielders: Granero, Diarra, Mosquera, Alex, Juanfran, Denis, Lucas, Callejon, Alvaro Lopez and Di Maria

Forwards: Higuain and Morata

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