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Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio is set to miss the team’s clash with Apoel Nicosia in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday due to an infected boil on his leg.
Ahead of the contest, Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane said a “pimple” that “stopped him pulling up his socks” was proving to be an issue for the 21-year-old, per Dermot Corrigan of ESPN.co.uk. Madrid’s squad list was without the Spain international when issued.
According to ABC Espana (h/t Andy Warren of the MailOnline), Asensio picked up the problem when shaving his legs.
While Asensio’s absence will be a blow for Real Madrid, they will be able to welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back to the squad for this fixture; the Portuguese has been serving a domestic suspension after his red card against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.
Asensio has been one of the stars of the campaign for Los Blancos so far, and ahead of Real kick-starting the defence of their Champions League title, he revealed some words of encouragement received from Zidane:
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Indeed, Asensio netted in both legs of the Super Cup win over Barcelona and also grabbed an excellent brace to rescue a 2-2 draw against Valencia for his side. The sparkling form showcased this term resulted in the youngster’s first senior call-up for the national team too.
Even without their young star, Madrid should have more than enough in their squad to win this one at the Santiago Bernabeu. Zidane’s side are seeking to clinch this competition for what would be an incredible third time in succession.