Zinedine Zidane announced his squad for the Copa del Rey match against Cultural Leonesa and the Real Madrid coach did so with one eye on Saturday’s Clásico in Camp Nou.
Six players rested
Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have all been given the evening off while the injured Fabio Coentrão, Danilo, Toni Kroos, Álvaro Morata and Gareth Bale all miss out.
Ronaldo ended the gruelling 2-1 victory over Sporting Gijón at the weekend with a slight twinge in his right thigh and will not be risked in a tie Real lead 7-1 from the first leg ahead of the Clásico while some of those included in the list, such as Pepe, Casemiro and Varane, who missed the Sporting match, will be given an opportunity to pick up some competitive minutes before the trip to Camp Nou.
Also in the squad are Castilla players Enzo Zidane, Martin Odegaard and Álvaro Tejero, with Zidane Jr set to make his senior debut for the club under his father.
Real Madrid squad for Cultural Leonesa
Kiko Casilla and Rubén Yáñez.
Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Raphael Varane, Nacho and Álvaro Tejero.
James Rodríguez, Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic, Marco Asensio, Isco, Martin Odegaard and Enzo Zidane.
Lucas Vázquez and Mariano Díaz.
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