Ramos, Bale and James miss Malmo trip

The club will be without five first team regulars for the trip to Sweden, but there was some good news as Jese was cleared to travel with the rest of the squad


Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez faces an injury crisis after Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez were ruled out of the Champions League clash with Malmo.

Bale and James miss out with muscular injuries, while Ramos is nursing a shoulder problem, with the trio joining Pep and Danilo in missing the trip to Sweden.

Those casualties mean there are just five defenders in the 20-man squad, Benitez will have little cover at the back as Madrid bid to follow up a 4-0 demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk in their Group A opener with another win.

Forward Jese Rodriguez, however, does make the cut despite fears he had also succumbed to injury after being taken off early in the 0-0 draw against Malaga.

Real Madrid squad vs. Malmo:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Rubén Yáñez.

Defenders: Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa.

Midfielders: Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Kovacic, Isco, Cheryshev, Llorente.

Forwards: Ronaldo, Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Jese, Mayoral.

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