Posted On Tuesday, 23rd April 2013
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has left out Michael Essien from his 23-man squad to Dortmund in the Champions League.
The versatile player failed to recover from a muscle strain he picked up during their quarter-final return leg match against Galatasaray.
Essien trained alone on Monday but could not win the fitness battle to play in the semi-final first leg tie.
The on-loan Chelsea player was a first choice to play at right-back with suspension of Alvaro Arbeloa.
He had impressed in the makeshift role in recent times for the Madridistas.
Real Madrid Squad:
Goalkeepers: Casillas, Diego López, Adán and Jesús.
Defenders: Varane, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Coentrão, Albiol, Carvalho and Nacho.
Midfielders: : Xabi Alonso, Khedira, Özil, Kaká, Modric, Callejón, Di María and Casemiro.
Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Higuaín and Morata.