Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas is confident his side has the strength in depth to cope with the spate of injuries picked up over the international break.
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However, Madrid captain Casillas believes the Spanish champion can deal with the injury situation, saying on his club's website: "We have sufficient options to cover for the absentees. There are also very capable players in the reserves.
"I'm sure the boss will pick the best people for the game against Celta""
Madrid remained eight points adrift of Primera Division leader Barcelona after drawing 2-2 with its arch rival at the Nou Camp just prior to the international break.
Barca goes to Deportivo La Coruna this weekend looking to keep that gap intact, although any slip up by
Atletico joined Barca on 19 points after beating fellow high-flyers Malaga 2-1 last time out for its ninth successive win in all competitions.
The Rojiblancos goes to mid-table Real Sociedad this weekend with coach
"We're looking at it as a difficult and tough match and we'll need to be at our best against opponents who are improving a lot at home," said Simeone.
Sociedad has won all three of its home league matches this season, but has lost all four on its travels.
Barca and Atletico boast a five-point advantage over third-placed Malaga, which will be looking to bounce back from its first loss of the campaign when it hosts Real Valladolid.
Like a number of its rivals at the summit, Malaga has a big European date coming up next week with the visit of AC Milan in the Champions League.
Valencia, which travels to BATE Borisov next week, is at home to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) in a match between two sides who have under-performed at the start of the Primera Division season.
On Sunday (Monday AEDT), rock-bottom Espanyol faces Rayo Vallecano, second-bottom Osasuna welcomes fourth-placed Real Betis, Levante goes to Getafe and Granada meets Real Zaragoza.
In Monday's (Tuesday AEDT) match, seventh-placed Sevilla and sixth-placed Real Mallorca will both be looking to recover from back-to-back league defeats when they meet at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Real Valladolid has named Juan Ignacio Martinez as its new coach on a two-year contract.