Zidane leave Ronaldo, Benzema out of Real Madrid’s squad to face Sporting Gijon 

Real Madrid were dealt a blow with the news that Gareth Bale is to sit out the visit to El Molinon on Saturday afternoon due to the recurrence of an ankle injury that kept him on the sidelines for four months earlier this season.

Leading marksman Cristiano Ronaldo and fellow forward Karim Benzema will also miss out, as Coach Zinedine Zidane looks ahead to next week’s Champions League quarter-final second leg with Bayern Munich and the potentially huge El Clasico showdown with Barcelona five days later.

Elsewhere, Keylor Navas has also been rested to give Kiko Casilla a likely ninth league start of the season.

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