Zinedine Zidane will be forced into a midfield reshuffle against Alavés next week after Casemiro went in the referee’s book in San Mamés for an elbow on Aritz Aduriz in the first half.
Casemiro escapes yellow for Williams challenge
Casemiro was fortunate not to be cautioned earlier after the Brazilian midfielder cut Iñaki Williams down in midfield but did earn a mention in the ref's match report for an altogether more innocuous challenge 10 minutes later.
Marcos Llorente out for Alavés
In all likelihood Mateo Kovacic will come in against Alavés, who will themselves be hamstrung by the absence of a key midfielder: Marcos Llorente, on loan from the Bernabéu, will be prevented from playing due to the so-called fear clause in his contract.