By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to play in a central striker role for Real Madrid in their match against Granada on Saturday, Football Insider sources understand.

Real manager Rafael Benitez is ready to tweak his formation in the absence of Gareth Bale, who picked up an injury in the team’s midweek Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Spanish giants have gone with a 4-2-3-1 in the early matches of this season, with Bale in the No10 role behind spearhead Karim Benzema and Ronaldo in his usual left-flank role.

Real have scored 15 goals in their past three matches, with Ronaldo netting an astonishing eight times in the last two games.

But Benitez is poised to go with a 4-4-2 and two strikers against La Liga minnows Granada in Saturday afternoon’s clash at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo is expected to join Benzema up front, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco and Mateo Kovacic in midfield.