Bale fit for return - Zidane

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November 28, 2017
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale

MADRID (AP):

Gareth Bale is expected to make his return to Real Madrid's line-up in a Copa del Rey match this week after being sidelined for more than two months because of injuries.

Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said yesterday that the Wales forward has recovered from a left-leg muscle injury and will play at least part of today's match against Fuenlabrada at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Madrid won the first leg 2-0 against the third-division club.

Bale hasn't played since Madrid's 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on September 26. Plagued by injuries this season, his latest ailment came in practice while trying to recover from another muscle injury.

"He will be with us tomorrow and will play," Zidane said. "But I still don't know for how long he will play. We will see how the match goes."

The coach did not say whether the 28-year-old Bale will start or come off the bench.

Bale has played only nine matches with Madrid this season, scoring three goals. He missed the final World Cup qualifiers with Wales, who were eventually left out of next year's tournament in Russia.

Zidane said he is looking forward to seeing Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema playing together again, although that is not likely to happen today.

"We will take a look at some of the players from the youth team," Zidane said. "It's important to do that."

Ronaldo and many other regular starters were left out of the first leg last month.

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