Gareth Bale has once again been snubbed by Zinedine Zidane, who has refused to make room for him in Real Madrid's 24-man squad.

Madrid are gearing up for their most important match of the season, as they bid to overcome a 2-1 deficit against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and progress in the delayed Champions League latter stages.

Madrid are set to fly into Manchester to conclude their round of 16 clash on Friday, with the reigning Spanish champions needing to score at least twice, as things stand.

Yet Zidane has opted against taking additional firepower in the form of Bale, which appears to be another nail in the coffin that is Bale's career at the Bernabeu.

Stranger still is the omission given that Bale is fit and, instead, suspended captain Sergio Ramos has been included.

Ramos was sent off in the first leg against City and will play no part in the match. He is permitted in the dressing room at the Etihad but will not be allowed to sit among the substitutes. 

Madrid announced their 24-man squad on Wednesday, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema leading the forward line.

Mariano Diaz, who recently tested positive for covid-19, has also been omitted from the squad.

The news, which is not unexpected, comes after Bale was largely snubbed for the conclusion of the La Liga season.