Real Madrid were held to a goalless draw by lowly Olympic Xativa Saturday night in the Copa del Rey, but could be handed a double boost for the trip Tuesday to Copenhagen in the Champions League.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who both missed the Xativa game, have returned to training at Valdebebas.
And even though Los Blancos have already sewn up their position at the top of the group ahead of the final game, Marca suggest "both players have their sights firmly set on the game against Copenhagen."
Ronaldo missed the game at the weekend through suspension, but he had been nursing muscle problems previously. Bale sat out the Copa game because of the flu.
Both had been in brilliant form prior to their absences though and will be keen to hit those levels again against the Danish side ahead of their trip to Osasuna this weekend. Barcelona were held 0-0 there earlier this season.
A goal from Ronaldo Tuesday night, his ninth in the competition this season, would set a new record for most goals scored in the group stages of the Champions League.
Karim Benzema was on the bench at the weekend but will likely return ahead of Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata as Carlo Ancelotti seeks to get "BBC" firing again—Bale, Benzema, Cristiano.
Also returning to the starting lineup, presumably, will be Xabi Alonso. The midfielder sat out Saturday's match after Ancelotti confirmed that he didn't want to risk his knees on the artificial surface.
Joining Alonso in midfield will be two of Angel Di Maria, Isco, Luka Modric, Asier Illarramendi and Casemiro. Since Sami Khedira's injury, Ancelotti's midfield has lost the clarity it was beginning to find, and with the novelty of having nothing to play for in Denmark, his selection is not predictable.
In defence, Sergio Ramos, who was sent off against Galatasaray, is suspended, while Raphael Varane is unlikely to play again until the new year. Fabio Coentrao is also missing due to injury.
It leaves Ancelotti with less options than he might have liked when it comes to selecting defenders.
Nacho Fernandez is likely to partner Pepe in the middle of Ancelotti's back four, with 20-year-old Diego Llorente called into the travelling squad as back up.
Marcelo should start at left-back, while, as usual, one of Alvaro Arbeloa or Dani Carvajal will play on the opposite flank.
Finally, Iker Casillas will continue in goal. Having played Saturday against Xativa, it will be the Spanish 'keepers second start in four days—a rarity for the 32-year-old in recent times.
Predicted Madrid XI: Iker Casillas; Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Nacho Fernandez, Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Asier Illarramendi, Luka Modric; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo