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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.


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

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 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."


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Bale set for spell on the sidelines with calf injury

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is facing a spell on the sidelines after tests confirmed he has suffered a calf injury.

Bale was hurt during Madrid's 5-1 hammering of Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

Bale picked up an injury. Credit: PA

Scans on Tuesday revealed the full extent of the injury and although the club offered no time-frame for the Wales international's return, early reports in Spain suggest he will face at least three weeks out.

"After tests carried out today on the player Gareth Bale at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with soleus muscle injury in his right leg," a Madrid statement said. "His recovery will continue to be assessed."

Bale scored the opening goal on Sunday after only seven minutes but was replaced at half-time after suffering the injury.

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