Madrid to rest Ronaldo in Copa del Rey match against Sevilla
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 12, 2017 12:07 PM
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, walks past Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane as he leaves the field during the final of the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament against Kashima Antlers in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will not use Cristiano Ronaldo in the second leg against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
Zidane will also rest Luka Modric when Madrid tries to defend a 3-0 win from the first leg. Madrid can advance to the quarterfinals even with a two-goal loss at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Ronaldo also didn't play against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. His first match of the year was on Saturday against Granada in the Spanish league, when he scored once in Madrid's 5-0 win.
Ronaldo was in Zurich on Monday to receive his fourth FIFA award for best player in the world.
Zidane said James Rodriguez, who scored twice in the first leg, will not travel because of a calf problem, but defender Sergio Ramos will be back after a long injury layoff.
Defender Pepe and striker Gareth Bale remain out, but forward Lucas Vazquez and defensive midfielder Mateo Kovacic will make the trip to southern Spain after recovering from injuries, as will Zidane's son, Enzo.
Madrid plays again in Seville on Sunday in the Spanish league, a tournament it leads ahead of Sevilla.
Madrid is trying to win the Copa del Rey title for the first time since the 2013-14 season.