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Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid, 2016 La Liga: Projected Lineups and Team News

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Benzema to start on the bench?

Real Madrid CF v Athletic Club - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Karim Benzema might not be ready to play more than 45 minutes, according to MARCA. The French striker made Real Madrid's squad list but could start the game on the bench if said report is accurate.

Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Morata are all out of the game with injuries, so Zinedine Zidane will be forced to make some changes on Real's starting XI.

Atletico Madrid Projected XI: Oblak, Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis, Saul, Koke, Gabi, Ferreira Carrasco, Gameiro, Griezmann.

Real Madrid Projected XI: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Kovacic, Isco, Bale, Vazquez, Ronaldo.

If Benzema isn't fit to make the starting lineup, Gareth Bale will most likely play on Real's left wing with Vazquez on the right. Cristiano Ronaldo would be the main attacker upfront in a role that should suit him well.

Atletico's biggest star Antoine Griezmann will finally be available for Diego Simeone after working all week to recover in time from a small injury.