In Summary
  • Bale was left out of the squad for Madrid's win over Sevilla on Saturday and Zidane said after the match he had picked up a knock.
  • The Welshman trained with his teammates last week, after also missing the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia through illness.

MADRID

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has said Gareth Bale is fit and ready to play against Unionistas de Salamanca on Wednesday in the Copa del Rey.

Bale was left out of the squad for Madrid's win over Sevilla on Saturday and Zidane said after the match he had picked up a knock.

The Welshman trained with his teammates last week, after also missing the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia through illness.

It means Bale has not played for Real Madrid since January 4, when he started their 3-0 win away Getafe. He has not scored for his club since September 1.

Asked why Bale and James Rodriguez, who has hardly featured in the last two months, have "disappeared", Zidane said: "They haven't disappeared. They were both injured the other day. They are both ready to play."

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