Madrid missing four players for APOEL tieNovember 20, 2017
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane will find himself without the injured Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic for the Champions League tie with APOEL.
A 0-0 draw with rivals Atletico Madrid on Saturday evening not only left with Madrid with a sour taste, but more injuries after captain Ramos was left with a broken nose following a challenge from Lucas Hernandez.
Madrid now prepare for the weekend clash with Malaga hoping to bounce back, after they meet APOEL in the Champions League in midweek where victory would see them through the knock-out stages of the competition.
Ramos will be back for the tie with Malaga, but will miss out against the Cypriot side, along with long term absentees Gareth Bale and Mateo Kovacic.
Keeper Keylor Navas has failed to recover in time for the tie and will be replaced by second choice keeper Kiko Casilla.
Madrid beat APOEL 3-0 at the Bernabeu in their previous group meeting, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo score twice and Ramos net once.
Los Blancos have had a rather strange start to the La Liga season, having dropped points against the likes of Girona and Real Betis – however, they have picked up in recent weeks, going four consecutive wins before the international break.
Much was predicted for the Saturday evening clash with rivals and city neighbours Atletico, but the scoreline left Madrid fans unhappy and sitting a massive ten points behind main title contenders Barcelona.
Barca, who are unbeaten in 12 league games, beat Leganes 3-0 thanks to goals from Luis Suarez (2) and Paulinho, whilst second placed Valencia continued to keep the pace as they beat Espanyol 2-0 away from home.