The Madrid derby takes place on November 18 with the playoff matches to be held between November 9 and November 14

Real Madrid are fearing some of their top names could be called into World Cup qualifying playoff action just days before Los Blancos face Atletico in La Liga.

The Madrid derby takes place on November 18 with the playoff matches to be held between November 9 and November 14.

That means a clutch of big names could be forced into two crunch international fixtures prior to one of the biggest games of the Spanish domestic season.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are all facing possible playoff situations with Portugal, Croatia and Wales respectively.

Wales are bidding for a playoff spot against Ireland this evening (Image: PA Wire)

Croatia's Luka Modric celebrates after scoring their first goal

Modric and Croatia are still hoping for top spot in Group I (Image: Reuters)

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