Real Madrid plan to appeal the red card given to Sergio Ramos in their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night.
The Spain international was given his marching orders with four minutes of regular time remaining – the 26th time he’s been sent-off in his career – meaning he’s set to miss the decisive second leg at the Etihad.
The decision could prove to be a big one for the LaLiga giants, who would have been hoping to call upon the World Cup winner’s presence for the trip overseas.
Pep Guardiola will also have to contend with a suspension of his own for the second leg, with Benjamin Mendy serving a one-game ban after receiving a booking in the first half at the Bernabeu.
Aymeric Laporte’s availability for that crunch encounter is also in jeopardy after limping off after just 32 minutes of Wednesday night’s clash with Fernandinho replacing the French defender.
City will head into the second leg in buoyant mood after coming from behind to grab a sensational victory at the home of one of European greats Real.
The hosts were in complete control thanks to Isco’s strike and looked likely to extend their lead, before Gabriel Jesus gave the visitors a priceless away goal after equalising with 12 minutes remaining.
The comeback was complete when substitute Raheem Sterling was sent tumbling in the box by Dani Carvajal, with Kevin De Bruyne stepping up to tuck home the resulting penalty and send the away faithful into raptures.
To compound Real’s misery captain Ramos was then sent off for a clumsy trip on Jesus, with the Brazilian forward bearing down on goal.