Real Madrid resting Ramos and Kroos against Club Brugge

(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

MADRID (AP) Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will rest captain Sergio Ramos and midfielder Toni Kroos for their Champions League match against Club Brugge on Wednesday.

Real Madrid has already secured second place in Group A and a berth in the knockout stage. Paris Saint-Germain won the group, and Club Brugge is already eliminated.

Forward Gareth Bale made the squad after missing Saturday's Spanish league match against Espanyol because of an injury. Also going to Belgium are Luka Modric and Brazilian teenagers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

Defender Eder Militao is expected to replace Ramos in central defence, playing alongside Raphael Varane.

The other midfielders available for Zidane are Casemiro, Federico Valverde, and Francisco "Isco" Alarcon.

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Updated December 9, 2019

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