Casillas has been reduced to a substitute role in the BBVA Primera Liga, but is still first choice in the Copa del Rey and Champions League knockout competitions, media reported. (Agencies)
For the moment it means he is still getting the regular football practice that he needs in order to assure a place in the Spain team in this summer's World Cup finals, but a defeat for Real Madrid in these competitions, could see him spend the rest of the season in the dugout, placing his position as Spain captain in jeopardy.
Casillas commented before Christmas that he would be forced to reconsider his situation at the club where he has spent his entire career and debuted as an 18-year-old, if his position didn't change.
But although Ancelotti has continued to show faith in Diego Lopez, speaking on Spanish radio, he made it clear Casillas is still vital to the club.
"We will go to war in order to keep Casillas at the club," said Ancelotti, who likened the goalkeeper, to Xabi Alonso, who has just renewed his contract at Real Madrid.
"Iker has experience and quality to play at any club in the world," commented the Italian, who will nevertheless leave him on the bench in the Cornella El Prat Stadium.
Real Madrid will kick off that game knowing the result of the clash between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona, who play each other on Saturday night. Depending on that result, Madrid will have the chance to close the gap on one or both of the sides who are currently five points ahead of them.
Casillas has been reduced to a substitute role in the BBVA Primera Liga, but is still first choice in the Copa del Rey and Champions League knockout competitions, media reported.