MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale for Wednesday’s trip to Leganes ahead of a huge week for the European champions.
Madrid host local rivals Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday before travelling to face Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on April 12.
Ronaldo is one yellow card away from picking up an automatic suspension and a booking — a fifth this season — against Leganes would have seen him miss the derby.
German midfielder Toni Kroos was also left out of Zidane’s 19-man squad.
However, Keylor Navas, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro and James Rodriguez return after missing Sunday’s 3-0 win over Alaves.