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Bale set for Real Madrid return against Espanyol

Gareth Bale is set to make his first appearance since November after Zinedine Zidane announced the Wales international will be in the Real Madrid squad to face Espanyol this weekend.

Bale has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on the ankle tendon damage he suffered during a Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon almost three months ago.

Madrid coach Zidane said last week that he hoped to have Bale available again before the Champions League last-16 second leg against Napoli on March 7, but the 27-year-old forward has already returned to full training and is now set to be involved against Espanyol.

Gareth Bale is back. Credit: PA

Zidane told a pre-match press conference, reported on the club's website: "He will be in the squad and the plan is for him to have some minutes. We're keen and he's keen as well.

"Bale is a very important player for us. We know the quality and speed that he has, and the damage he can cause the opposition.

"He's very happy to return to the team, to be with us, and be able to play again."

Good news for Wales: Gareth Bale back in training at Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has given club and country a boost by returning to training.

Bale has not played since November because of ankle surgery, but Real Madrid tweeted a photograph of the 27-year-old training at their headquarters on Sunday.

News of Bale's imminent return will please Wales boss Chris Coleman ahead of next month's vital World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

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Gareth Bale extends Real Madrid contract

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. Credit: PA

Wales superstar Gareth Bale has signed a Real Madrid contract extension that will keep him at the Bernabeu until June 2022.

Bale joined Real from Tottenham in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £85.3million, signing a six-year contract at the Bernabeu.

He will appear in a press conference on Monday to talk about his fresh commitment to the Spanish giants.

Gareth Bale can help Wales win Euro 2016 - King

Andy King says Gareth Bale will be the best player at Euro 2016 Credit: PA

Andy King believes Wales can defy the odds at Euro 2016 after the midfielder landed the Premier League title with 5,000-1 outsiders Leicester.

Wales are 80-1 to become European champions when making their first major tournament appearance for over half a century. And the midfielder believes the sky is the limit for the Welsh, who he feels have an edge over rivals in France thanks to having the tournament's best player in their ranks.

King has been part of one of football's greatest ever surprise story this season, and now he feels Wales can emulate Leicester's success at the Euros, with Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale leading the way after he helped his own club win the UEFA Champions League.

Gareth is probably the best player in the tournament in many people's opinion, so why can't we go there and do something? We are confident we can do that.

We've got to win six or seven games compared to 38 (with Leicester). Eighty-to-one against 5,000-1. You know which one you would rather back.

We are a talented group and I believe we have the best player in the tournament.

It's been a dream season, but ask me again in six weeks and I hope I will give you an even better answer.

– Andy King

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Real Madrid winger Bale ruled out with knee injury

Gareth Bale will miss this weekend's game. Credit: PA

Welsh forward Gareth Bale has suffered a knee injury, his club Real Madrid have announced.

Real are one point behind leaders Barcelona in the Primera Division title race and it has been reported on the Marca.com website that Bale will miss the penultimate league game of the season against Valencia on Sunday.

A statement posted on Real Madrid's official website said: "Following the tests carried out on Gareth Bale, he has been diagnosed with a joint strain in his right knee. His recovery will continue to be assessed."

Gareth Bale hails Leicester's 'amazing season'

Gareth Bale, the world's most expensive footballer, said he was "gutted" for his former side Spurs as he congratulated Premier League title winners Leicester on an "amazing season".

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