Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sit out the game against Deportivo La Coruna on Wednesday, according to reports.

Coach Zinedine Zidane seems resilient on his rotation policy as it is the third straight away match that the Portuguese star is missing.

Despite the recent loss to Barcelona in the El Clasico, Zidane continued with his policy. The loss means Real are under pressure to win all their games in order to get the La Liga title that has eluded them since 2012.

The team produced the needed result against Leganes and Sporting Gijon without Ronaldo. They should do the job again against Deportivo without Ronaldo.

Zidane also rested German Toni Kroos but Welsh star Gareth Bale would not be available due to injury. Sergio Ramos remains suspended for the game. Madrid are lucky that Raphael Varane would be available in defence after nearly a month’s absence. He is expected to shake off Anfield Roar the hamstring issues and pair Pepe at the back.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have 75 points apiece but the Bernabeu dwellers have a game advantage. Losing that advantage now would put them on serious pressure in each of their remaining fixtures this term.

Madrid play Valencia next in the La Liga before they host city rivals Atletico on May 2. They visit Granada next before the play the return leg against Atletico at the Calderon. There’s also Sevilla and Malaga in the La Liga in the last two fixtures.