- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

MADRID (AP) - France internationals Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane are both ill and will miss Real Madrid’s Spanish league match at Levante on Saturday.

Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says the striker and defender “woke up with fever and won’t be available.”

Madrid travels to Liverpool to play in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Ancelotti also says that Iker Casillas will start in goal at Levante despite being benched for Spain’s most recent European Championship qualifier after his poor performance in Spain’s loss at Slovakia.

Madrid is in fourth place in the Spanish league, trailing leader Barcelona by four points.

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