Raphäel Varane Set to Return as Villa, Courtois Could Miss Madrid Derby

Denis Doyle

The French defender will start the game, Ancelotti confirmed. He could have a fairly easy task against Atlético Madrid, as David Villa could miss the game. Diego Costa will also be out after being booked in the first leg.

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed during his pre-match press conference that Raphäel Varane will make his return to the team in tomorrow's Copa del Rey derby against Atlético de Madrid. Real Madrid hold a 3-0 lead, and Diego Costa will not be available for coach Diego Pablo Simeone, so Varane's task will likely be much easier without the talented striker.

Furthermore, David Villa could also miss the match. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is still recovering from back spams too. The Belgian was not on the squad for Atleti's 2-0 loss against Almería. All things considered, Simeone might be forced to rotate his team, maybe starting both Arda Turan and Diego in the midfield with Raúl García and Adrián upfront if Villa isn't available.

Fàbio Coentrao and Marcelo -both left the game against Villarreal- will be available. Carlo Ancelotti will be able to rotate his team if he finally believes the ticket to the Copa del Rey is well secured.

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