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No Bale in Real's Super Cup squad but boss Zidane includes son Luca

Published 09/08/2016

Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid
Gareth Bale in action for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has not been included in Real Madrid's squad for their Uefa Super Cup clash against Sevilla tonight.

The former Tottenham forward, who starred for Wales on their run to the semi-finals of this summer's European Championships, has been given an extended break following the tournament.

Bale is among a number of high-profile absentees for Zinedine Zidane's side. Germany midfielder Toni Kroos will also miss the match, which takes place in Trondheim, Norway, while Cristiano Ronaldo, who suffered a leg injury in the Euro 2016 final, is also sidelined.

Ronaldo's Portugal team-mate Pepe will also not feature for Real, who booked their place in tonight's Super Cup by virtue of winning the Champions League against Atletico Madrid on penalties in May.

Real manager Zidane, however, has turned to his son Luca Zidane for the clash.

The 18-year-old, who is yet to make his debut for Real, has been included in the 20-man squad with goalkeeper Keylor Navas recovering from a foot injury.

Awaiting Real in the showpiece are Sevilla, who will feature in the Super Cup for the third successive year.

The La Liga side, who beat Liverpool 3-1 in last season's Europa League final, are set to blood a number of summer signings with Wissam Ben Yedder and Luciano Vietto included in their squad.

Ben Yedder, a reported Arsenal target, arrives in Spain from Toulouse having scored 17 times in Ligue 1 last term, while Vietto has joined on loan from Atletico.

It is the second time in three years Real have faced Sevilla in the Super Cup after the two sides met in Cardiff in 2014.

On that occasion, Ronaldo netted twice with Real running out 2-0 winners. Sevilla also lost last season's final 5-4 following a nine-goal thriller against Barcelona.

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