Ronaldo among 5 Madrid players missing at Celta

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 10, 2014 at 7:47 am •  Published: May 10, 2014
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MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo is among five regular players who will not feature against Celta Vigo as the Spanish giant appears to turn its attention to the upcoming Champions League final.

Midfielder Sami Khedira and defender Alvaro Arbeloa will be available after returning from long-term injuries, but Ronaldo and fellow forward Angel Di Maria plus defenders Pepe, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane are all sidelined for Sunday's match.

"I prefer not to take any risks. If tomorrow's match was a final I would play him (Ronaldo) but it isn't a final," Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said Saturday. "We've won a lot of games without Cristiano. Though he's fundamental to our team, I prefer not to risk his health. He's not 100 percent so we have to try and win without him."

Madrid trails leader Atletico Madrid by four points with two games to play, but will need its city rival and second-placed Barcelona — which sits one point above it — to also falter to have any chance of winning a 33rd domestic title.

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