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Gareth Bale doubtful for Real Madrid and Wales with calf injury

02 October 2017, 12:42 | Lorenzo Hawkins

Georgia v Wales: Gareth Bale faces fitness test before qualifier

HD Marcelo Real Madrid

Real Madrid host Espanyol at the Bernabeu on Sunday evening (7.45pm).

Real Madrid are running rampant in the Champions League this season, but this weekend they're playing in La Liga, which has been a much different story.

Portuguese worldwide Cristiano Ronaldo provided the superb assist for the 25-year-old Spaniard who curled the ball at the far corner of the post.

"We will see tomorrow [how he is]", Zidane said when asked about Bale's availability during Saturday's pre-match press conference. "But here we do not like to take risks if a player has something small".

When asked about whether Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted for a contact renewal or not, the manager said that the Portuguese global is in good shape and is most interested in scoring goals by playing more matches.


"I am happy that he [Marco Asensio] has renewed". We must prove ourselves again every day - that is what I like about this job, and my players too.

"It is a club issue and I'm not getting involved in it", he said.

So now with Espanyol coming to the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid will be hoping that their fortunes will change for the better.

Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane has to make do without Karim Benzema, Marcelo, Mateo Kovacic, Theo Hernandez and Jesus Vallejo due to injury.

The Madrid boss felt the Spain attacking midfielder was wise to praise Ronaldo as an example to follow as he continues to develop.


Bale, who signed with Real Madrid in 2013 has missed 9,346 minutes since he arrived at the club.

TALKING POINT - Was this the start of Real Madrid's recovery?

It took until the 22nd minute for Real Madrid to have another attempt of real note, and Luka Modric's effort drifted wide of the away side's post as the score remained 0-0 at the mid-point of the first period.

Spanish champions Real Madrid will return to action with a trip to capital rivals Getafe after the global break, while Espanyol's next league match is at home to Levante.

Espanyol could have equalised through Gerard Moreno on the stroke of half-time after a mistake from Casemiro, and the visitors were wasteful in front of goal as Marc Navarro and Leo Baptistao both had golden opportunities.




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