Kroos, Torres & the Champions League stars one booking from a suspension

Europe’s elite club competition returns this week with four tasty quarter-final ties – but which players are in danger of missing the second leg?

The latter stages of the Champions League often sees high-profile players absent through suspension, making a huge difference to their teams’ chances of success.

Going into the first leg of this week’s mouth-watering quarter-final ties, there are a number of stars who are one yellow card away from being ruled out of the return games.

Atletico Madrid have five players – Cristian Ansaldi, Jesus Gamez, Gabi, Mario Suarez and Fernando Torres – with that status.

Their opponents, city rivals Real Madrid, have Fabio Coentrao, Marcelo and Toni Kroos on the brink.

Juventus have Stefan Lichtsteiner, Arturo Vidal, Alvaro Morata and Roberto Pereyra one act away from missing the second leg of their tie with Monaco. Paul Pogba would also have been one of the players needing to watch out if he had not been struck down with injury.

Leonardo Jardim’s men have three key players sitting one card away from a ban – Joao Moutinho, Layvin Kurzawa and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco.

Porto have key figures Alex Sandro, Danilo, Maicon and Oliver Torres all one booking away from a suspension.

Bayern, on the other hand, only have one player walking the tightrope – defender Jerome Boateng.

PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi and defender Gregory van der Wiel will need to ensure they are not drawn into a foul in their home game against Barcelona.

Luis Enrique’s side, meanwhile, are the only team without any players in jeopardy of missing the second leg by picking up another booking.

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