As promised by Rafa Benitez prior to kick-off, Real Madrid start with the ‘BBC’ and Sergio Ramos for tonight’s trip to Villarreal in La Liga.
Ramos and Gareth Bale were both absent from Tuesday’s 8-0 mauling of Malmo in the Champions League, but the defender is fit enough to replace Nacho after recovering from a shoulder complaint, while the Welshman returns alongside Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Los Blancos also welcome back Keylor Navas in goal, Marcelo at left-back and Luka Modric in the middle of the park for a must-win match as victory would move them to within two points of joint-leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Villarreal: Areola; Bailly, Musacchio, Ruiz, Costa; Jonathan, Trigueros, Bruno, Suarez; Soldado, Bakambu
Subs: Barbosa, Marin, Rukavina, Pina, Samu, Castillejo, Leiva
Real Madrid: Navas; Danilo, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric; James, Bale, Ronaldo; Benzema
Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Kroos, Isco, Kovacic, Vazquez, Jese
Referee: Undiano Mallenco