Real v APOEL: Asensio out as Zidane has 5 key players back

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 13/09/2017

Real v APOEL: Asensio out as Zidane has 5 key players back

Real Madrid on Tuesday announced their squad list for Wednesday's match against APOEL and the big news was the absence of Marco Asensio.

Zinedine Zidane tried to explain the situation during his pre-match press conference, although his response may have raised more questions than it did provide answers.

After explaining that Raphael Varane is fine to play, he told reporters that Asensio is still bothered by "a spot".

"He still has a little bit of something there, so we'll have to wait to see [if he is fit enough]." Zidane told journalists as reported by MARCA

Vallejo, Achraf, Marcos Llorente and the injured Karim Benzema are also left out. Of the 19 chosen by Zinedine Zidane, Varane, Modric, Casemiro, Keylor Navas and Cristiano Ronaldo all return.


Goalkeepers: Navas, Casilla and Luca

Defenders: Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Theo

Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Kovacic and Ceballos

Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Bale, Lucas Vazquez and Mayoral