Real Madrid leave Ronaldo out of Leganes trip

Karim Benzema

Only in its second season in the first division, Leganes had a promising start to the campaign but has struggled recently.

Real are fourth in the Liga standings on 45 points, 17 behind leaders Barcelona, but victory over Leganes would lift them above Valencia into third place.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested by Zinedine Zidane for Real Madrid's LaLiga trip to Leganes on Wednesday.

The visitors had a super chance to take the lead in the 16th minute when Lucas freed Marco Asensio in a risky position, but the Spain global could only strike into the body of Cuellar.

And, indeed, the fact that Real Madrid have not indicated how serious the strains are means it's reasonable to assume they're only minor, and that two weeks will be enough for them to get themselves in shape for the crunch clash in Paris.

That will give Leganes-who beat Real 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Copa del Rey on January 24-great encouragement, so the champions need to improve defensively if they are to make sure of a win.

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Winger Alexander Szymanowski is sidelined, while central midfielder Darko Brasanac is doubtful. Real Madrid will hope to strike back in this league matchup, though it will be considerably shorthanded.

Real Madrid are having bad luck with injuries this term.

"I think it's a small problem and as always I have every faith in everyone that works here, the doctors and physios, that they will ensure he returns quickly".

Leganes are one of the two La Liga teams Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score against, alongside Girona.

Meanwhile, Kiko Casilla, Theo Hernandez and Karim Benzema are now expected to be handed starts with the latter being dropped to the bench in last Sunday's 5-3 win over Real Betis.

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