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Rodriguez left out of Real Madrid squad for Celta Vigo match, Ronaldo and banned Nacho included

Rodriguez left out of Real squad for Celta match, Ronaldo and banned Nacho included
By Kevin Coulson via Reuters

17/05/2017 at 12:58Updated 17/05/2017 at 13:49

James Rodriguez has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad for the crucial Liga match with Celta Vigo.

The Colombian has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer but will miss the match with a foot injury that he picked up during the 4-1 win at home to Sevilla.

Cristiano Ronaldo, however, returns to the squad as part of manager Zinedine Zidane’s rotation system.

Real have also gambled on the Spanish football association's appeals committee ruling in their favour by naming suspended defender Nacho in the 20-man squad for the trip on Wednesday, hoping his ban will be overturned.

Nacho, who scored with a quick free-kick against Sevilla on Sunday, was booked in the 80th minute for arguing with an opponent, earning a suspension for completing a cycle of five yellow cards.

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The federation's competition committee upheld the yellow card on Tuesday, leaving Real to turn to the appeals committee as a last resort. A decision is expected later on Wednesday.

Real are locked on 87 points with champions and leaders Barcelona at the top of the La Liga standings and can go three points clear and close in on a first league title in five years if they win at Celta.

Alongside Rodriguez, defenders Pepe and Dani Carvajal are also ruled out due to injury along Gareth Bale.

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