TEAM NEWS: Essien and Modric start for Real Madrid against Getafe as Khedira and Alonso are rested

Real Madrid make changes to the side that secured a place in the Copa del Rey semi-final with a 1-1 second leg draw against Valencia on Wednesday, as Michael Essien and Luka Modric start in midfield.

Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso are the players that make way for Essian and Modric, while in defence Sergio Ramos plays at right-back and Ricardo Carvalho partners Raul Albiol in the middle of a back four.

Los Blancos are without their number one goalkeeper Iker Casillas after he broke his hand during that game against Valencia, while Pepe remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

The new signing from Sevilla, Diego Lopez is named on the bench for Madrid with Antonio Adan chosen to start this league fixture.

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1):
Adan; Ramos, Carvalho, Albiol, Coentrao; Essien, Modric; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain

Subs: Lopez, Varane, Khedira, Benzema, Alonso, Marcelo, Callejon

Getafe (4-2-3-1): To follow

Subs: To follow

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