Gareth Bale is being protected from further injury issues by limiting his playing time and will be a vital player in the remaining weeks of the season, according to Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
Although fit and available again after missing most of the autumn with ankle and calf problems, Bale has started just one of Madrid's last four games in all competitions, and was benched for last week's 3-1 Champions League round-of-16 first leg win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Former sporting director Mattias Sammer has told Sport Bild that Bayern Munich made a "very bad" decision to allow Toni Kroos to leave for Real Madrid.
Sammer joined Bayern in 2012 and won the Bundesliga title every season during his four years at the club, also carrying off the Treble in 2013 -- including the Champions League -- when he worked closely with coach Jupp Heynckes and Kroos.
And with his contract running down Kroos, 28, joined the Spanish club for around €25 million in the summer...