Cristiano Ronaldo is set to miss out on Real Madrid’s trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday, according to manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The Portuguese forward suffered a knock during the 1-1 draw at Real Valladolid.
“He won’t play because he’s not 100% fit,” manager Ancelotti said.
The move to rest the World Player of the Year is thought to be precautionary, with the ‘Los Blancos’ set to play Madrid rivals Atletico Madrid in the final match of the Champions League on May 24.
“We’ve won plenty of games without Cristiano Ronaldo, although he is still a fundamental player for us,” Ancelotti added.
“We’re not going to risk him if he’s not 100%. We have to think about winning without him. It’s a mutual decision and I prefer not to take risks.”
Sunday’s penultimate La Liga game could put paid to Real’s league title ambition, as they go into the weekend trailing Diego Simeone’s side by four points in third; behind Barcelona and Atletico.
“Winning La Liga will be very difficult, but it’s still mathematically possible,” Ancelotti said.
Centre-back Pepe will miss Sunday’s game- and could be a doubt for the Champions League final- because of a calf injury. Forward Angel Di Maria and defenders Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane are also sidelined.
But German midfielder Sami Khedira and former Liverpool defender Alvaro Arbeloa are available after injury.