Bale returns 88 days later

Diego G. Souto 17/02/2017 14:08 CETEighty-eight days after injuring his ankle in a Champions League match against Sporting CP, Gareth Bale is back in a Real Madrid matchday squad. Since then, 17 matches – including the first Clasico of the season and the Club World Cup fixtures – have come and gone, which has been frustrating for both the player and the team.Los Blancos’ undefeated run came to an end during the Welshman’s absence, with Sevilla taking all three points in their LaLiga trip to the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan, while Celta Vigo sent the capital city out of the Copa del Rey.Now, though, the 27-year-old is back to help with the push for a LaLiga title and another Champions League triumph and he should enjoy a run-out at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this Saturday.”He is in the squad and our plan is for him to get some minutes,” Zinedine Zidane said of the No.11’s status for this weekend’s Espanyol clash.”He is important for us as we know the quality he possesses, the speed he can unleash when in position and the pain he can cause opponents.”He is very happy to be back with the team.”Also pleased to see Bale return will be his colleagues in the BBC, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who will have missed his assists.Only nine times has Zidane been able to start his BBC front three in the 38 matches played this season, with the other two members also having suffered from injury niggles, but they have achieved five victories and four draws when starting together..’s . . .

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