Gareth Bale is fit for Madrid derby

Sep 25, 2013, 00:26 IST | AFP

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will be fit to finally make his home debut for the club in the Madrid derby against Atletico on Saturday.

Bale was due to make his bow at the Santiago Bernabeu in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Getafe, but had to withdraw from the match after pulling up with a slight thigh strain in the warm-up.

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

The Welshman, who joined Madrid earlier this month for a reported world record fee, will however not be in Ancelotti’s squad to take on Elche on Wednesday evening to make sure he is ready for Real’s biggest game of the season to date at the weekend.

“He began to train individually yesterday and I don’t think there will be any problems for the game on Saturday,” Ancelotti told a press conference yesterday.

“He won’t be included tomorrow because we have to prepare him well for Saturday. He wasn’t happy after the game on Sunday, but his mood has changed quickly because he has begun to think about Saturday’s match.”

Ancelotti played down suggestions that Bale had been forced into competitive action too soon after joining Madrid having hardly featured in pre-season for Tottenham Hotspur. 

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