On Saturday evening, the top two teams in La Liga are poised for a significant showdown as Real Madrid, the current leaders, prepare to host Girona at the Bernabeu stadium.
Real Madrid has amassed 58 points from 23 league matches this season, securing the top spot in Spain's premier division. However, Girona, surprisingly close behind, trails by only two points as they face Carlo Ancelotti's side in this upcoming match.
Concerns have surrounded the fitness of Antonio Rudiger and Vinicius Junior for Real Madrid. Rudiger, dealing with a thigh problem, missed the previous match against Atletico, while Vinicius had to be withdrawn from the starting lineup due to neck pain. Fortunately, Vinicius participated in Friday's training session and is expected to start, with Rudiger also making progress to be fit for selection.
The return of Aurelien Tchouameni from suspension will provide a boost for Los Blancos, especially with Nacho sidelined due to a muscular issue. However, players such as David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois remain unavailable due to ACL injuries. Eduardo Camavinga, despite a recent knee knock, is fit for selection.
Girona's appeals over suspensions for head coach Michel, Daley Blind, and Yangel Herrera were unsuccessful. Consequently, Michel will be absent from the touchline, while two key players will miss the match due to bookings in their previous fixture against Real Sociedad.
Injuries have sidelined Juan Carlos, David Lopez, Joel Roca, and Toni Villa for Girona. However, Artem Dovbyk, with an impressive record of 14 goals and six assists in 21 La Liga appearances this season, is expected to recover in time for the match. Arnau Martinez is likely to fill in for Blind, while Pablo Torre may feature in midfield alongside Savio and Viktor Tsyhankov, who are expected to continue in the wide positions for the visitors.