Madrid boss Rafael Benitez has not included Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos or Pepe in his 20-man squad for the Spanish giants Champions League clash with Malmo on Wednesday.

All four missed Madrid’s disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Malaga on Saturday due to injury.

Benitez said last week he was hopeful of having Bale, Rodriguez and Ramos fit at the latest for Sunday’s Madrid derby away to Atletico.

And with Real having won their opening encounter in Group A 4-0 against Shakhtar Donetsk, the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss has decided not to risk any of his star names in Sweden. – Agence France-Presse

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