What can stop Asensio? A pimple!

Marco Asensio will miss Real Madrid's Champions League opener against Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday night because of an infected pimple, ?ESPN have reported.

The 21-year-old missed training in the buildup to the game, and coach Zinedine Zidane has revealed that he has a "pimple... which stopped him pulling up his socks".

Asensio's absence will be mitigated by the return of both Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo, from injury and suspension.

The French centre-back has been sidelined by an adductor muscle problem, and has been named in the squad for the first time since the Spanish Super Cup second leg against Barcelona last month.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has been serving a domestic suspension for pushing the referee after his sending off in the first leg at the Nou Camp.

Striker Karim Benzema is another absentee, out with a hamstring injury, and he has been replaced in the squad by youngster Borja Mayoral.