The World Player of the Year was controversially shown a second yellow card for diving on Sunday and handed an extra four-game ban for a light push on referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea after being shown the 10th red card of his career. "We are very annoyed," said Zidane. "When you look at everything that happened, to think Cristiano won't play five games with us... it is infuriating."
Zinedine Zidane remains hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo will be available to face Barcelona tomorrow.https://t.co/LKs8QQzHoG pic.twitter.com/p9Tig9kv5I — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) August 15, 2017
.@Cristiano is annoyed because he wants to play and when he doesn't play, he isn't happy — #Zidane https://t.co/9RAOLwCRBB — FirstpostSports (@FirstpostSports) August 15, 2017Madrid's appeal against the red card, which could reduce the ban from five games to four, will be held before the game on Wednesday. "The (appeals) committee will meet and I hope they look well upon it," added Zidane.
Ronaldo ban angers Real Madrid coach Zidane https://t.co/XvpZl4XvfP pic.twitter.com/lvy3wicdER — FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) August 15, 2017Should Ronaldo's appeal not be upheld, he will miss Madrid's first four La Liga games of the season against Deportivo la Coruna, Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad. However, Zidane insisted he is not desperate to add to his forward line before the transfer window closes on August 31, despite selling strikers Alvaro Morata and Mariano Diaz this summer. Real have been linked for months with a move for Monaco's 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe, but look set to be beaten to the Frenchman's signature by free-spending Paris Saint-Germain. "Anything can happen between now and August 31, but what I can say is that I am very happy with the players I have," said Zidane.