Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident Marcelo will be available for Saturday’s capital derby with Atletico Madrid in La Liga.
Los Blancos saw their first appeal for the Brazilian’s one-match ban knocked back by RFEF but remain hopeful that they will get a reprieve from Spain’s Administrative Court for Sport (TAD) in time for the inter-city duel.
“Marcelo is in the squad because we’re awaiting the outcome of his appeal. We’re confident his [yellow] card will be withheld,” the Italian said at a Press conference.
“[If not], then we can play either [Fabio] Coentrao or [Alvaro] Arbeloa. We won’t have any problems if Marcelo’s ban isn’t revoked.
“I don’t know [what the Competitions Commission’s criteria is]. I have little interest in their procedures.”
Ancelotti then acknowledged the severity of Sergio Ramos’ five-week injury lay-off, before singling out Zinedine Zidane, Iker Casillas, Isco and the returning Cristiano Ronaldo for praise.
“I haven’t decided whether to play Khedira or Illarra yet. Khedira has more dynamism, while Illarra has more defensive presence,” he added.
“[Ramos’] injury is significant. He’ll miss five weeks, but I have confidence in [Rafael] Varane and Nacho. They have enthusiasm and are eager to play. I’m convinced they’ll do well.
“Iker is always the same. He always gives us security, quality and experience. He won’t change. His consistency levels are very good and it remains so.
“I value [Zinedine] Zidane’s work very much, he’s doing very well. Castilla are top [of their Segunda B group]. He must continue, he has all the qualities needed to succeed [as a Coach].
“Since the start of the season, [Isco] has played many times in the middle and knows it well.
“He also knows what he’s done to earn this role. He knows he must do more defensive work. He’s certainly an indispensable player for us.
“[Ronaldo’s] motivated like always. He’s enjoyed his week’s work very much and is in top condition.
“We can suffer [from the loss of height] against Atletico like we did against Sevilla, although we did well against them.”