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Gareth Bale to be handed chance by Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane?

Bale to be handed chance by Zidane?
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Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will reportedly be restored to the starting lineup by Zinedine Zidane for the club's upcoming fixtures.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has reportedly decided to hand a recall to Gareth Bale for the club's fixtures in January.

Bale has missed the majority of the campaign through injury, with just four substitute appearances being made since September 26.

However, the Welsh star successfully came through two Club World Cup fixtures earlier this month before being given an outing from the bench in Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Barcelona.

According to Marca, the result at the weekend has led to Zidane opting to give Bale an opportunity in the starting lineup, despite reports frequently linking the 28-year-old with a move away from the Bernabeu.

Zidane finds himself under pressure to keep his job, with Real sitting 14 points adrift of Barcelona in the La Liga standings and the club being drawn to face Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Real return to action on January 4 when they face Numancia in the Copa del Rey, before travelling to Celta Vigo for a league fixture on January 7.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona20144256213546
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis208572525029
8Valencia2051141918126
9Real Sociedad207582524126
10Levante207583235-326
11EibarEibar206772428-425
12GironaGirona205962326-324
13Espanyol2073102130-924
14Athletic Bilbao2041152126-523
15Leganes205781824-622
16Real Valladolid205781723-622
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal203982126-518
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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