Line-ups: Ronaldo starts despite injury

Cristiano Ronaldo starts for Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao this evening, despite receiving stitches in last weekend's match with Levante.

The Portuguese forward missed the midweek internationals due to the eye injury, but will play from the beginning in tonight's game at Santiago Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema also gets recalled after injury, and will be supported by Jose Maria Callejon and Mesut Ozil.

Xabi Alonso and Luke Modric start at the base of the midfield, whilst the defence – marshalled by Iker Casillas – consists of Alvaro Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Fabio Coentrao.

For Marcelo Bielsa's side, there is still no place for the wantaway Fernando Llorente, as top scorer Aritz Aduriz plays up top.


Real Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao; Xabi Alonso, Modric; Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema

Athletivc Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Ekiza, Aurtenetxe, San Jose; Iturraspe, Gurpegi, Muniain; Susaeta, Aduriz, Ibai

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