Real Madrid will also not be able to count on the signing of Eden Hazard, who has not been able to recover from his injury before the second leg of the R16 against the Ciudadanos.
Coach Zinedine Zidane ruled Gareth Bale out of Real Madrid’s 24-man squad for the second leg against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League, adding another low-point to a turbulent season for the Welshman.
Not only Bale but also creative midfielder James Rodríguez, have also been left out of the travel squad.
Going into the second leg of the round of 16, the Los Blancos team hopes to reverse the 2-1 deficit from the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium before the competition was suspended for a time due to the pandemic of COVID-19 across the globe.
Throughout the 2019-20 season, Bale has played just two of Madrid’s 11 La Liga games after league competition resumed after the lockout.
The several-time Welsh footballer of the year has been a substitute for Zidane’s team for a long time and was an unused substitute during Real Madrid’s last seven games of the national campaign.
Youngsters like Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo have been selected ahead of him in the hierarchical order, making Gareth and James exceed the requirements of the French coach.
Nor will Real Madrid be able to count on the signing of Eden Hazard, who has not been able to recover from his injury before the return leg of the R16 against the Ciudadanos.
Real Madrid’s Squad:
Goalkeepers: Courtois, Altube, and Areola.
Defenders: Militao, Carvajal, Nacho, Marcelo, Varane, Javi Hernández and Mendy.
Midfielders: Modric, Kroos, Valverde, Casemiro, and Isco.
Forwards: Benzema, Hazard, Jovic, Asensio, Brahim, Vinicius Jr, Lucas Vázquez, and Rodrygo.