Feb 18, 2017 at 3.15pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
2-0
Espanyol
Morata (33'), Bale (83')
Kovacic (41'), Isco (48'), Casemiro (82')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Moreno (28'), Fuego (53'), Diop (68'), Martin (80')

Gareth Bale in line for Real Madrid return

Gareth Bale thinks he's scored during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Real Madrid on April 2, 2016
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Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane reveals that Gareth Bale could make his first appearances since November when his side host Espanyol on Saturday.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is in line to make his return from an ankle injury during this weekend's La Liga clash with Espanyol.

Bale has not featured for Los Blancos since a Champions League group game with Sporting Lisbon in November, and last week manager Zinedine Zidane revealed that he was unlikely to return before their last-16 second leg against Napoli in March.

However, the 27-year-old has now returned to full training and is expected to make an appearance off the bench at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

"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," Zidane told reporters.

"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."

Bale has scored seven goals in 16 appearances for Madrid this season.

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