Zinedine Zidane Confirms Gareth Bale Has Returned To Training

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was back in full training on Friday after breaking his nose

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was back in full training on Friday after breaking his nose

"I do not know when he will play".

After winning their first La Liga title in five years in May, Real have struggled for consistency this season, drawing three times and losing twice from their opening 13 La Liga matches.

The Wales star has recovered from the hamstring problem suffered earlier this month and Zinedine Zidane is likely to include him against the third-tier side at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo failed to get a touch when it looked easier to score for Madrid and Zinedine Zidane decided to replace Isco with Luka Modric.

He added: "I think it's going to take less time to get back - the injury this time will not be for such a long time". "Obviously I would like to see Gareth, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema play together because they have not played together for a long time".

That being said, if the Parc des Princes outfit desires to haul the admired forward to France, they'd have to engross a huge amount to satisfy the La Liga giants, hence further facilitating the transfer.

Zidane confirmed Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic is in line to play the whole game in what will be his first action since suffering a partial adductor tear against APOEL in September.

Premier League side Manchester United had been hotly tipped as a potential destination for the attacker, however it now seems Zidane is unwilling to allow the former world's most expensive player to leave, despite hinting there could well be new arrivals in January. "He's a very strong player, technically good and works a lot", said Zidane. We can't rush them and tomorrow is an opportunity to have a look at them. Widely seen as a pivotal figure in the Real midfield, the Croatia international appears to find his age counting against him.

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