Cristiano Ronaldo and Toni Kroos have both been left out of Real Madrid's 19-man squad to face Deportivo La Coruna at the Estadio Riazor in La Liga on Wednesday.
Spanish football writer Dermot Corrigan confirmed the news as he relayed Real's squad announcement, with Los Blancos looking to bounce back from their El Clasico defeat to Barcelona on Sunday:
Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan
Ronaldo and Kroos rested for Depor trip tonight https://t.co/3oerKTCXvi4/26/2017, 8:17:56 AM
Real provided the full squad on their Twitter feed:
¡CAMPEONES! 🏆 @realmadrid
#RealMadrid 1⃣9⃣ 🆚 @RCDeportivo #RMMovistar #HalaMadrid https://t.co/nXFZfIdsWv4/26/2017, 8:14:12 AM
Raphael Varane could play a part having been sidelined since early April, while Sergio Ramos is absent through suspension and Gareth Bale through injury.
Zinedine Zidane's side dropped to second in La Liga behind Barca after their defeat in El Clasico, but they trail only on head-to-head record and have a game in hand on the Catalans.
As a result, the league title is still in Real's hands. But more dropped points against 16th-placed Depor and Real's chances of winning La Liga again for the first time since 2012 would be hit hard.
Zidane clearly believes he has a squad capable of picking up the necessary three points. Los Blancos have been without Ronaldo for recent away league victories over Sporting Gijon, Leganes and Eibar.
Assuming they can be successful again without their Portuguese superstar, Real will have him back fresh for Saturday's home clash with Valencia, along with Kroos and Ramos.
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