Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been practicing away from the group on Friday. Bale’s involvement is compromised.
For his third game in a week, Zidane must already run in anticipation of the other four meetings in 17 days awaiting him. And the coach must be very attentive to the little bobos of his protégés. On Friday, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale practiced away from the group, in the gym of the club. So, little precaution or real concern? For Cristiano who played his first two games of the season this week, no panic. Portuguese is well in spite of the few tackles that he had to wipe against Sporting. According to OkDiario the participation of number 7 against Espanyol Barcelona would not be questioned. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same about Gareth Bale. The Welshman took a knee in the ribs during the match against Sporting Portugal, which forced him to leave the field. According to the Spanish site, Bale has a strong chance of not participating in the game in Catalonia.
Zidane pursues his “risk 0” policy and should focus on rotation in this position. Lucas Vasquez, James Rodriguez or Asensio can provide the former Tottenham player. Cristiano is more difficult to replace, he has proved it again on Wednesday night by marking the goal of equalization against Sporting Portugal in the last few minutes. His injury is no more than a bad memory thanks to his work but also to the prudence of Zidane and his staff who delayed his return to the maximum. A certainty therefore, if CR7 had a glitch, he would not let him play on Sunday in front of Espanyol. Also read: Zidane is crazy about Cristiano Ronaldo. Do you think Zidane is right to protect Bale?