Burak Yilmaz left out of Galatasaray squad ahead of Benfica clash

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MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 18: Wesley Sneijder (R) of Galatasaray AS celebrates scoring their opening goal with teammate Lukas Podoloski (R) during the Santiago Bernabeu Trophy match between Real Madrid CF and Galatasaray at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 18, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

Galatasaray striker Burak Yılmaz has been left out of the squad ahead of the Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid.

The Lions are currently without a manager after sacking Hamza Hamzaoğlu last week despite the former Turkish national team head coach winning three trophies within six months.

Mustafa Denizli is expected to replace Hamzaoğlu but is unlikely to be officially appointed before the game against Atletico Madrid.


Galatasaray must beat Atleti and hope Benfica drop points to increase their chances of booking a place in the Champions League Last 16.

Former Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski will also travel after an impressive few weeks scoring eight goals and one assist in all competitions this season.

Full Galatasaray squad:

Fernando Muslera, Eray İşcan, Cenk Gönen – Aurelien Chedjou, Hakan Balta, Semih Kaya, Koray Günter, Olcan Adın, Tarık Çamdal, Sabri Sarıoğlu, Jason Denayer – Bilal Kısa, Jem Paul Karacan, Yasin Öztekin, Wesley Sneijder, Jose Rodriguez, Emre Çolak – Umut Bulut, Lukas Podolski, Sinan Gümüş