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Cristiano, Benzema and Keylor left out of the list for Gijón trip

Also staying at home will be Carvajal, who is suspended along with injured trio: Bale, Pepe and Varane. Castilla defender Álvaro Tejero is the surprise addition.
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Real Madrid will be without the 'BBC' and first choice goalkeeper Keylor Navas at El Molinón tomorrow. Zinedine Zidane surprised by naming a squad for Saturday's game against Sporting de Gijón in with none of the four are present, and which he already had to make changes to accomodate for players who are injured or suspended. Bale, Pepe and Varane are ruled out through injury while Dani Carvajal is serving a one-match ban for accumulation of bookings. Neverthless it's an extreme measure to rotate the squad so heavily and give player a rest ahead of Tuesday's Champions League quarter final return leg against Bayern Munich.

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Zidane rests Cristiano again

Zidane said recently that he will be resting Cristiano more often and kept his word by leaving the forward out for the Leganés game a fortnight ago. three days before the derby. Cristiano was also rested in the league game against Deportivo and the Copa del Rey ties against Cultural Leonesa and Sevilla. The Portuguese player explained earlier this week: "The rotations? That's something the coach and myself have decided on. I'm preparing myself o be at my best for the last month and a half of the season. In recent years, I have reached the end of the campaign right at my limit and sometimes with an injury".

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Keylor Navas meanwhile, was rested three weeks ago for the Alavés game.

Zidane has taken players to Gijón including versatile Castilla defender Álvaro Tejero. Fábio Coentrão has also entered the list while Nacho, who is one booking away from suspension ( if he goes into the book he will miss el Clásico), will pair up with Ramos in central defence and Danilo will be at right-back.

The Real Madrid squad:

Goalkeepers: Casilla and Yáñez.

Defenders: Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Coentrão, Danilo, Tejero.

Midfielders: Kroos, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Modric, Asensio, Isco.

Forwards: Lucas Vázquez, Mariano, Morata.


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