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Bale could be fit for El Clasico after return to training

Gareth Bale's hopes of being fit for Sunday's LaLiga showdown with Barcelona have received a boost as he returned to training following a muscle injury on Thursday.

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The Wales forward rejoined the squad for their first training session since their Champions League win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Madrid said in a statement.

He had been a major doubt for El Clasico, having been forced off with injury in the first leg of Madrid's quarter-final tie at Bayern.

Zinedine Zidane's side host Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Sunday in a clash which could go a long way to determining the outcome of the title race.

Madrid go into the match with a three-point lead and a game in hand on their bitter rivals.

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Gareth Bale handed two-match ban and £500 fine

Gareth Bale receives a red card. Credit: PA

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has been suspended for two LaLiga matches for his dismissal against Las Palmas on Wednesday night.

The Wales international was shown a straight red card in the 3-3 home draw for a second-half kick and shove at opponent Jonathan Viera.

Bale will miss Real's LaLiga clashes with Eibar on Saturday and Real Betis next weekend.

He has also been fined 600 euros (£517) and the club 700 euros (£604).

Real have 10 working days to appeal the decision.

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Bale heads to the homeland for Christmas

Wales star Gareth Bale has tweeted a photo of himself heading home to Wales for the holidays.

The tweet shows Bale in a surgical boot having undergone surgery on his damaged ankle.

His tweet says, 'Back home to Wales for the Christmas break'.

Bale 'sixth best in the world'

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Wales star Gareth Bale has been voted Number 6 in the list of the world's best footballers.

The Ballon d'Or winner was Cristiano Ronaldo for the fourth time.

Gareth Bale helped drive Wales to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Thirty players in all were put forward on the 2016 Ballon d'Or finals list, which included several players based in the English Premier League.

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