Real Madrid have rested forward Cristiano Ronaldo for Tuesday night’s La Liga trip to Espanyol, it has been confirmed.
Zinedine Zidane has confirmed his 19-man squad for the trip to the RCDE Stadium with Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Borja Mayoral and Lucas Vazquez the forwards named in the squad.
Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio and Isco are all set to return to the fold for Madrid but there is no place for the Portuguese star, who netted twice in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Alaves.
Madrid have returned to third in the table with 19 points in their last seven matches, while Espanyol have beaten both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at home this season.
Real Madrid squad: Navas, Casilla, Luca, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Theo, Achraf, Casemiro, Marcos Llorente, Asensio, Isco, Kovacic, Ceballos, Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Borja Mayoral