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Real Madrid announce squad for Liga BBVA match vs Rayo Vallecano

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A trip to Vallecas before visiting Manchester City.

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Real Madrid released their squad list for tomorrow's Liga BBVA game against Rayo Vallecano in Vallecas.

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Casilla and Yáñez.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Arbeloa and Danilo.
Midfielders: Kroos, James, Bale, Kovacic, Modric and Isco.
Forwards: Benzema, Lucas Vázquez and Jesé.

As expected, Cristiano Ronaldo has been left out of the list so that he can be ready for next Tuesday's crucial game in Manchester. Bale and Pepe are back with the team while Casemiro will have another chance to rest.

Rayo are a dangerous team at home and Madrid will need to play with focus and intensity to get the three points at the Bernabéu, especially without Ronaldo's firepower upfront. However, it's clear that Los Blancos will put all their effort into Tuesday's contest, given that they are just three good games away from winning the Champions League title.

Expect Jesé to start in Ronaldo's spot upfront, although Isco could be given the chance as well.