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Real Madrid announce squad for Liga BBVA match against Villarreal

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Pepe will rest this time.

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Real Madrid published the squad list for Wednesday's home match against Villarreal.

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Casilla and Yáñez.
Defenders: Varane, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Arbeloa and Danilo.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Modric and Isco.
Attackers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vázquez and Jesé.

Coach Zinedine Zidane has decided to rest Pepe, Gareth Bale and Dani Carvajal for this one. Luka Modric is expected to return to the lineup after spending the last match against Getafe on the bench.

Jesé, Lucas Vázquez, James and Isco will fight to start in Bale's spot, with the Colombian playmaker being the favourite to earn that spot if reports from Spain are accurate.

Madrid must beat Villarreal in order to increase their chances of winning La Liga this season. Barcelona have a manageable schedule ahead but their bad form could be problematic for them if Atlético and Real manage to win all five games remaining. It's a five-game Liga and Madrid have to beat the Yellow Submarine.