REAL MADRID manager Zinedine Zidane is concerned Cristiano Ronaldo could suffer from burnout this season.
The 32-year-old was given regular rests by the La Liga giants last campaign but due to current injury problems and squad depth, that may not be the case this year.
Gareth Bale is currently out with a hamstring problem and Karim Benzema has also struggled with issues so far this season.
Spanish outlet Don Balon say Zidane thinks Marco Asensio’s form has dropped off meaning the importance of Ronaldo has been magnified.
After selling Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, Real are low on options in order to give the Portugal superstar a rest.
Ronaldo does not want any break from playing football but is said to appreciate his form benefitted last season as a result of Zidane’s decision.
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