Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are out of Sunday evening's La Liga game at Espanyol with minor fitness problems.

Ronaldo has been suffering with illness, while Bale took a knock to his hip during Madrid's last gasp 2-1 Champions League Group F win over Sporting Lisbon in midweek, and neither trained with the squad on either Friday or Saturday morning.

Ronaldo scored five times in that game, but after playing twice in the last week after a delayed start to his 2016-17 season, Zidane said the Portugal international had felt unwell.

"Cristiano will not travel with us. He has been feeling a sore throat, and he will stay at home," Zidane told a news conference. "We will take no risks, as always, and even less with Cristiano."

Bale was substituted against Sporting after suffering a hip problem in a challenge from ex-Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, and Zidane said: "We will have to see with Gareth.

"The players want to play, which is good, but with so many games to play, every three days, we cannot take risks with such an important player. I'm not saying tomorrow is not important, but he might get a bang in the same spot, and be out for 10 days, or more. I prefer for him to be 100 percent on Wednesday. Although I always speak first with the player."

With Villarreal at home, Las Palmas away and then Borussia Dortmund away in the Champions League up next, during a run of seven games in 22 days, Zidane is expected to name a much-changed XI for the trip to Cornella El-Prat, where Madrid won 6-0 early last season.