Gareth Bale Ruled Out of Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich

Isco deserves to play in Bale's position against Bayern Munich

Zidane did not say who will replace Bale for the crunch match, but Isco - who scored twice to lead Madrid to a late 3-2 win over Sporting - is expected to start.

"They had two chances and scored two goals", Real manager Zinedine Zidane said after the game. "He wants to come back, he has been working hard".

He is Portugal's all-time top scorer too with 71 goals, with only one European player (Hungary legend Ferenc Puskas, on 84) ahead of him on the list of leading marksmen in global football.

"I hope it is nothing and in a few days he can be with us again".

"He deserves to be with us for this end to the season. He won't play against Bayern, we don't want to risk".

That narrow escape must be a serious warning for Bayern, who can not afford to ignore the attacking threat posed by Madrid's captain from dead-ball situations.

"I hope he will be with us, but we have to wait and see", Zidane added.

The Poland global missed the initial leg of the Champions League quarter final tie because of shoulder injury but is likely to go back to the starting XI in Spain.

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Meanwhile Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez are also possible candidates, especially that they are both better suited to a wide role than Isco, who is more effective as an attacking midfield player. "It looks tough for him, just 77 minutes, it's not much. Not about how we make the decision, or whether we will change the team shape".

"It could be Isco, it could be any of them". I have the decision made, but I will not tell you our plans, I'm sorry.

The Bayern players landed in Spain convinced they can overturn their first-leg deficit, with playmaker Thiago Alc√°ntara tweeting: "Never give up".

The Spanish football giants will be defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg of the quarter-final, which the Polish hitman missed with the shoulder injury that also kept him out of Bayern's 0-0 draw at Bayer Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga on Saturday.

The Poland worldwide has also shown he is capable of the spectacular against Madrid - he scored all four of Dortmund's goals in a 4-1 semi-final, first-leg rout back in 2013.

Bayern Munich conceded 12 shots on target in the first leg against Real, more than in any other Champions League game since Opta analysis began on the competition in 2003/04.

And Robert Lewandowski will be among the Bayern players to step out for the session, with the Pole telling Bild before leaving Germany: "I'm ready to play". We must focus above all on what we can do ourselves.

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