Borja Fernández has apparently not recovered in time to start against Real Madrid on Monday evening, according to Marca. The defensive midfielder remains absent, although he could recover in time for the Thursday clash with Real Betis.
More worrying is the fact that inspirational pivot Derek Boateng could well miss tonight's Madrid encounter. The Ghana international missed training last week due to flu and his recovery has not gone as quickly as hoped.
Nonetheless he has been included in the provisional 19-man list for tonight's game, with Alberto Escassi drafted in to cover in case Derek fails to make it.
Tonight's predicted line-up is thus amended to have Casquero in place of Boateng.