Real Madrid v Levante preview: Los Blancos look to continue unbeaten run

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to face Levante on Saturday
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo is set to face Levante on Saturday

Rafael Benitez insists the Real Madrid can cope with their injuries ahead of his side's clash against Levante.

Real continue their La Liga campaign after the international break in second place one point behind Villarreal.

They are unbeaten in all competitions but back-to-back La Liga draws with Malaga and Atletico Madrid have placed their manager under pressure.

Benitez said he is yet to decide whether he will risk Sergio Ramos on Saturday but he is confident that his team can cope with their raft of injuries.

"All teams have had injuries. The risk is greater with so many international games. If they are away with their national teams then we cannot control that. We try and organise it as best we can.

"With so many top level games taking place it means that the risks are a lot higher. There is nothing that we can do with the calendar, I just concentrate on what I can solve."

"The players that are injured should be returning soon and there are other players returning from international games who are tired but are ready to play.

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"At the moment Danilo is improving and we will decide on whether to risk Sergio (Ramos) or not."

Karim Benzema picked up a thigh injury during the international break
Image: Karim Benzema picked up a thigh injury during the international break

Karim Benzema and Luka Modric trained separately from the team on Friday after picking up injuries in the international break.

Benzema is set for three weeks on the sidelines after picking up a thigh injury during France's 4-0 win over Armenia. Modric sustained an adductor injury with Croatia. James Rodriguez (thigh), Carvajal (muscular) and Pepe (ankle) all remain unavailable.

Levante put a halt to Villarreal's brilliant start last time out, with their first victory of the season thanks to a Deyverson winner seven minutes from time.

Ivan Lopez was substituted before half-time in that match and is a doubt alongside defender David and midfielder Verza.

Real will be buoyed by the fact that they have won their last seven meetings against Levante. Their last win at the Bernabeu came in 2007. Salva Ballesta scored the only goal of that match.

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