Real Madrid lose Marcos Llorente for three weeks through injury

Real Madrid lose Marcos Llorente for three weeks through injury

Real Madrid lose Marcos Llorente for three weeks through injury

Madrid introduced Federico Valverde in the 64th minute in place of Modric as they were looking for fresh energy.

Cazorla got off the mark quickly to score his fifth La Liga goal in seven years as he slotted a gorgeous curling effort past Thibaut Courtois inside the opening five minutes.

It comes just three months after the former Arsenal man opened on the horror injury trouble that nearly forced him to retire.

Nevertheless, Casimiro is likely to replace Llorente in the starting 11 in Villarreal as Madrid look to close Barcelona's eight-point lead at the top of the league table.

But they lost their grip on the game after Gareth Bale was substituted soon after the interval with a knock.

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Kane then played in Son, who found the corner with an angled shot in the 26th minute for his eighth goal in his past eight starts. That took the Denmark global to four Premier League goals for the campaign, while he has also set up a further seven.

Cazorla's leveller followed a spell of pressure from the home side.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari on Wednesday declined to reveal any details related to the Spanish giants' strategy during the winter transfer window, amid speculation about the future of some of the club's players.

But Real Madrid could still have snatched a victor when substitute Isco burst into the area but was denied by Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo.

"We had the victory in our hand and wanted to kill the game", Solari said. Gareth leaving like that cost us as he had a problem and we missed that counter-attacking edge, and Gareth is a specialist at just that.

When asked if he thought he had a strong enough squad to compete in the Champions League, the Liga Santander and the King's Cup, he replied "everyone can speak about the players they have or don't have or those they don't need". We're going to give it our all like we do every year and come the end, I'm sure we'll achieve great things.

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