REAL MADRID-LEVANTE

Modric, Keylor left out of Real Madrid squad for Levante clash

Real boss Zinedine Zidane has chosen to rest Luka Modric and Keylor Navas for the LaLiga week 3 match at the Bernabéu on Saturday.

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Modric, Keylor left out of Real Madrid squad for Levante clash
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Zinedine Zidane has left Luka Modric and Keylor Navas out of his 18-man squad for Real Madrid's LaLiga clash with Levante on Saturday (13:00 CEST).

With Real facing seven games in 23 days, Zidane has opted to rest the pair - who were both in action for their countries during the international break - ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League opener against APOEL FC.

Casilla in line for first run-out of 2017/18

Navas' absence means that the goalkeeper's understudy, Kiko Casilla, is set for a first appearance of the new season.

Sergio Ramos (centre) is back in contention after sitting out the draw with Valencia due to suspension.

Achraf Hakimi and Borja Mayoral have also been omitted, while Raphael Varane's return from a hamstring injury continues and Cristiano Ronaldo is still banned.

Vallejo makes comeback to Real Madrid squad

Jesús Vallejo is back in the champions' squad after regaining full fitness following a month out with a thigh strain, and captain Sergio Ramos returns from suspension.

Real Madrid squad to face Levante:

Goalkeepers: Casilla and Luca.

Defenders: Carvajal, Vallejo, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo and Theo.

Midfielders: Kroos, Casemiro, Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Kovacic and Ceballos.

Forwards: Benzema, Bale and Lucas Vázquez.