Cristiano Ronaldo is absent from the Real Madrid matchday squad as Gareth Bale returns to the fold.
is absent from the Cristiano Ronaldo matchday squad as Real Madrid returns to the fold for this afternoon's trip to Gareth Bale . Rayo Vallecano
confirmed that the Portuguese striker has missed out after picking up a thigh injury in training, but is expected to return for the midweek Champions League clash with Manchester City. Zinedine Zidane comes into the fold to play alongside Bale and Jese up front, with Karim Benzema dropping to the bench despite scoring in the Lucas Vazquez 3-0 victory over Villarreal in midweek.
is joined by Toni Kroos and Isco , with Mateo Kovacic starting on the bench and Luka Modric missing out on a place in the squad for the trip to their city rivals. Casemiro
The back four sees one change as
is preferred to Pepe , who begins among the substitutes. Sergio Ramos Rayo Vallecano: Carlos; Tito, Quini, Amaya, Crespo; Trashorras, Jozabed, Hernandez; Embarba, Miku, Bebe Real Madrid: Navas; Danilo, Varane, Marcelo, Pepe; Kroos, Kovacic, Isco; Benzema, Bale, Jese Subs: Casilla, Ramos, Nacho, James Rodriguez, Arbeloa, Vazquez, Modric
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