Asensio out of Malaga tie; trio return for Real MadridNovember 24, 2017
Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio will miss the game against Malaga through injury, but Zinedine Zidane has three players back.
The Spanish international picked up a knock on his right leg against APOEL on Tuesday evening and will miss the game against Michel’s Andalusian side as a precaution.
Zidane, who is desperate to develop a consistent run of wins does welcome back three players – Sergio Ramos, Mateo Kovacic and Keylor Navas.
Navas is likely to reclaim his place in goal after seeing Kiko Casilla fill in between the sticks, whilst Kovacic is available again after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
Captain Sergio Ramos is back after breaking his nose in the Madrid derby and will wear a protective mask against Malaga.
One player that does not return is Gareth Bale, who continues to struggle with fitness.
An absentee for Madrid is central defender Nacho, who was booked for a fifth time against Atleti and will miss out through suspension.
Los Blancos approach the game on the back of that 6-0 win over the Cypriot champions in the Champions League, but indifferent league form which sees them sit a massive ten points off league leaders and rivals Barcelona.
Barca face Valencia in a top of the table clash on Sunday evening at the Mestalla.