Keylor, Carvajal, Marcelo & Benzema back in the mix
Real Madrid's Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo Vieira and Karim Benzema all return to the fold for the Clásico. There are however no places in the squad for Álvaro Arbeloa, Nacho Fernández and Denis Cheryshev.
For the second time this term, the Madrid-born boss had a fully fit squad to chose from, forcing him to leave three players out. The return to fitness of Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Marcelo and Benzema means that Arbeloa, Nacho and Cheryshev will be limited to a watching brief at the Bernabéu.
Benítez still has two further decisions on which other players will miss out, having named an initial 20-man squad. The squad list in full is: Keylor Navas, Casilla, Yáñez, Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Carvajal, Danilo y Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Isco, Kovacic, Modric, James, Bale Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez y Jesé.