Real Madrid without Ramos and Bale for CSKA clash

Real Madrid has been weakened by the losses of Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos ahead of its second Group G match in the Champions League.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos   -  Getty Images

Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale are among four Real Madrid stars missing from the squad to visit CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Julen Lopetegui omitted the pair from his 20-man travelling party after they both picked up problems in Saturday's scoreless derby draw against Atletico Madrid.

Spain international Ramos sustained a cut during a clash of heads with Saul Niguez early in proceedings, although he recovered to see out the contest.

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Bale's fitness is of greater concern, the Wales winger having been forced off at half-time with a suspected thigh injury.

Left-back Marcelo and in-form Isco missed that match and have again been ruled out as they recover from a respective calf injury and appendicitis.

Madrid sits top of Group G on three points, thanks to a convincing 3-0 victory over Roma in the first match of its trophy defence.

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