Injured Modric and Marcelo could well make it — Real Madrid

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He's being rested by coach Zidane for the first time in the league this season.

Madrid will be looking to move above Valencia into third place with a win over Leganes at the Butarque, taking advantage of their game in hand, which was forced due to their successful Club World Cup campaign in December.

Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be given the evening off when Los Blancos take on Leganes in their rescheduled La Liga clash tonight.

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Defender Jesus Vallejo is still sidelined with a muscle problem and midfielder Toni Kroos is also out after picking up a knee injury against PSG that could make him doubtful for the trip to Paris in the Champions League on March 6th.

Real Madrid failed to deal with a corner and the Leganes right-back attacked the ball with his head as Theo Hernandez tamely attempted to clear the ball off the line. The absence of both Modric and Kroos means Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez could both feature again on the wings. Madrid is seven points behind second-place Atletico Madrid.

That will give Leganes-who beat Real 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Copa del Rey on January 24-great encouragement, so the champions need to improve defensively if they are to make sure of a win.

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In the United States (US), the match is live on beIN Sports and kicks off at 12:45 ET.

Such a chain of events is absolutely typical of a hamstring injury, in terms of both the way it happened and the player's immediate reaction. Real Madrid will hope to strike back in this league matchup, though it will be considerably shorthanded.

His latest goal came as Madrid came out on top 5-3 in a LaLiga classic away to Real Betis on Sunday.

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