Madrid worry over Bale fit­ness

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

REAL MADRID are sweat­ing over the fit­ness of Gareth Bale ahead of their show­down with archri­vals Barcelona on De­cem­ber 3, af­ter the Wales in­ter­na­tional limped out of their 2-1 win at Sport­ing Lis­bon in the Cham­pi­ons League yes­ter­day. Bale in­jured his right an­kle a lit­tle less than an hour into the con­test in Lis­bon and Real coach Zine­dine Zi­dane said the ex­tent of the in­jury was not yet clear. “Gareth Bale suf­fered more of an an­kle twist than a knock, but we will have to wait and see what the prob­lem is,” Zi­dane said af­ter the game. A late goal from Karim Ben­zema helped Real into the knock­out stages of Europe’s elite club com­pe­ti­tion for the 20th suc­ces­sive sea­son. Real are sec­ond in Group F, two points be­hind lead­ers Borus­sia Dort­mund, and will look to pip their Ger­man ri­vals to top spot when the sides meet in Madrid for the fi­nal game of the group stages on Dec 7. Zin­dane’s team are four points ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga and play Sport­ing Gi­jon in the league on Satur­day, be­fore trav­el­ling to Barcelona for their first meet­ing of the sea­son the fol­low­ing week­end.

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