Arrasate between Elustondo, Zurutuza

Jagoba Arrasate is seen with one selection dilemma ahead of Real Sociedad’s must-win Champions League encounter with Shakhtar Donetsk.

La Real have travelled out to Ukraine this midweek for a game they must win to have any hope of maintaining their place in Europe, without Carlos Martinez and Markel Bergara.

The team’s regular right-back is seen as set to be replaced by usual centre-back Mikel Gonzalez at the Donbass Arena on Wednesday evening, with Ion Ansotegi set to partner Inigo Martinez in central defence.

Replacing the suspended Bergara looks set to be Gorka Elustondo’s responsibility in the middle of the park, but speculation is that David Zurutuza may be elected for the position alongside Ruben Pardo instead.

A familiar attacking-line of Carlos Vela, Xabi Prieto and Antoine Griezmann will support Imanol Agirretxe as centre-forward.

Probable line-ups

Shakhtar Donetsk: Pyatov; Srna, Kucker, Rakytskiy, Shevchuk; Fernando, Hubschman; Fred, Teixeira, Bernard; Luiz Adriano

Real Sociedad: Bravo; Mikel Gonzalez, Ansotegi, Inigo Martinez, Jose Angel; Elustondo, Ruben Pardo; Vela, Xabi Prieto, Griezmann; Agirretxe

Tags Arrasate Bergara Elustondo Shakhtar Donetsk Zurutuza