Real Madrid missing three players through injury for Manchester City clash


Eden HazardLuka Jovic and Mariano Diaz have been left out of the Real Madrid squad for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Hazard remains unavailable for selection following a minor leg operation, while Jovic is out after dental surgery, and Mariano misses out on a spot in the squad due to a knock.

CasemiroDavid Alaba and Ferland Mendy were all injury doubts ahead of the contest, but the trio have been named in the travelling squad for the first leg in Manchester.

Los Blancos were without Casemiro against Osasuna last time out due to a muscular problem, while Alaba picked up a hamstring issue in the same contest, which has made his spot in the starting XI far from certain.

Mendy was also missing against Osasuna with the problem that he picked up in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final with Chelsea on April 12.

The absences of Jovic and Mariano means that Carlo Ancelotti‘s options at centre-forward are limited, with Gareth Bale regarded as the only back-up for Karim Benzema.

Ancelotti will allegedly wait until the final moment before deciding whether to select Casemiro and Alaba from the start, but Mendy is thought to be winning his race to return to the XI.

Real Madrid squad:

Courtois, Lunin, Fuidias; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Marcelo, Mendy; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde, Vazquez, Ceballos, Isco, Camavinga; Benzema, Asensio, Bale, Vinicius, Rodrygo