Marco Asensio will miss Real Madrid’s opening Champions League match against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday because of an infected pimple on his leg.
The 21-year-old Spain attacking midfielder developed the spot after shaving his legs and he is now unable to pull up his socks, according to Real boss Zinedine Zidane.
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It is a blow for the European champions as Asensio has been in great form this season, with four goals in six matches.
Better news for Zidane is that Cristiano Ronaldo is available for a competitive match for the first time in a month and centre-back Raphael Varane returns from injury.