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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."

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Real Madrid teenager Odegaard heads out on loan

Dutch side Heerenveen have signed Real Madrid wonderkid Martin Odegaard on loan until the summer of 2018.

The teenager made international headlines when he moved to the Spanish giants aged just 16.

Odegaard, now 18, made a number of appearances for Real Madrid's B team and has featured once in the league for the first team, but has failed to oust his more renowned colleagues.

Ramos saves Real Madrid in El Clasico

Real Madrid stalwart Sergio Ramos struck late in El Clasico. Credit: PA

Real Madrid maintained their six-point lead at the top of LaLiga as Sergio Ramos' last-minute header snatched a point in El Clasico against Barcelona.

Barca took the lead through Luis Suarez's 53rd-minute header, and had chances to double their advantage through Neymar and Lionel Messi.

But Luka Modric picked out Ramos with an inswinging free-kick from the left and he headed powerfully past Marc-Andre Ter Stegen to secure a point for the visitors and extend their unbeaten run to 33 matches in all competitions.

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