Xabi Alonso & Van Bommel among the players suspended for the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals

Up to five players have been ruled out of the next game, as APOEL's Gustavo Manduca and Marseille pair Souleymane Diawara and Steve Mandanda make up the numbers
Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso and AC Milan's Mark van Bommel are among the highest-profile players who will miss the first-legs of the Champions League quarter-finals through suspension.

The Blancos midfielder, along with the Rossoneri man, have been handed one-match bans after reaching their yellow card limits, having been booked against CSKA Moscow and Arsenal in their respective second legs in the round of 16.

There will also be a further three players who will sit out the opening fixture of the quarter-finals: Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and defender Souleymane Diawara, and APOEL winger Gustavo Manduca.

The Senegalese centre-back was also shown yellow against Inter, but Mandanda will be ruled out after he was shown a red card late in the clash against the Nerazzurri. Manduca, meanwhile, will also have to watch from the stands after he was dismissed in extra-time against Olympique Lyonnais.

Ironically, both Mandanda and Manduca played pivotal roles in their sides' progress to the last eight.

The draw for the quarter-final stage of the 2011-12 Champions League will be made on Friday at 11:45CET, with the first leg to be played on March 27 and 28. The return game takes place on April 3 and 4.