Madrid prepare for PSG

Real Madrid will open 2014 with a friendly against Paris Saint-Germain in Doha, but there will be no Iker Casillas or Gareth Bale present.

Carlo Ancelotti has picked a squad of 23 to face the French champions in this midseason friendly in Qatar, with Casillas absent for impending fatherhood and Bale still ailing with a calf injury.

Xabi Alonso, who suffered a perforated eardrum in Madrid’s final game of 2013, is included and is seen as fit to play.

Los Blancos play out their opening match of the calendar year from 2.45pm UK time in the same stadium Spain played Uruguay back in February.

Real Madrid squad to face Paris Saint-Germain: Tomás Mejías, Diego López, Jesús Fernández, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Nacho, Casado, Llorente, Xabi Alonso, Casemiro, Modric, Di María, Isco, Illarra, José Rodríguez, Jaime, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Jesé, Morata

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