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Bale finally back for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale is set to feature for the first time in two months when Real Madrid host third-tier Fuenlebrada in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday , but Zinedine Zidane has pleaded for patience with the Welshman’ s fitness.

Bale ’ s four-year spell in the Spanish capital has been dogged by injuries, particularly in the past year as he has completed 90 minutes just four times.

“ I want Gareth to be fully-fit but I can’ t say when that will be , ” Zidane said on Monday , as Bale returned to full training following a thigh injury .

“ The idea is that tomorrow he can play and he looks good . As always he needs game time and how the matches go will determine what the best route for us to take is.

“ He will play tomorrow , but I don ’ t know for how long . ”

Zidane is expected to make wholesale changes for the clash at the Santiago Bernabeu ( 2030GMT ) with Real already leading the Madrid-based minnows 2-0 on aggregate .

Bale is yet to play a single minute this season alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as injury and suspension have blighted all three early in the season .

Real have paid a heavy price as the European champions have fallen eight points behind Barcelona at the top of La Liga and finished second in their Champions League group behind Tottenham Hotspur .

However, Zidane is hopeful of reunited Real’ s famed ‘ BBC ’ front three in time for the Club World Cup and an El Clasico clash with Barca next month .

“ I want to see Gareth , Cristiano and Karim , ” added the Frenchman.
“ It has been a long time since I have seen them together . ”

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