Zinedine Zidane says he will not stop Wales star Gareth Bale from playing golf in his spare time.

Bale - who will miss Real Madrid's LaLiga home match with Espanyol on Saturday through injury - admits playing golf is his passion and that his team-mates have nicknamed him 'The Golfer'.

Wales are set to prevent Bale from playing golf during Euro 2020 next summer, with manager Ryan Giggs insisting the players' focus must be on football and not other activities.

And Zidane was asked at his pre-match press conference whether Real would follow suit and stop Bale from spending time on the golf course when he is in Spain.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he won't stop Gareth Bale from playing golf. Credit: PA

I'm going to give you my reply, the club might say something different.

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid head coach

Bale started his first club game since October 5 last weekend as Real won 2-1 at Alaves.

In that time Bale, who was troubled by a calf injury, started four games for Wales as the Dragons secured Euro 2020 qualification.

Bale has now suffered a fresh fitness blow, his latest injury coming after the player's agent Jonathan Barnett said his client - who has had a difficult relationship with Zidane - is "not ecstatic" at the club.

It (the injury) occurred in the Alaves match," Zidane said.

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid head coach

Bale was videoed during training practising his golf swing in training this week.

Gareth Bale received a mixed reception from Read Madrid fans when he returned to the club after international duty with Wales at the end of November

After Wales qualified automatically for Euro 2020, Bale was pictured dancing with teammates behind a banner with the words "Wales, Golf, Madrid. In that order".

Gareth Bale posing with a controversial flag that reads Credit: Sky Sports