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Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane "happy" with Gareth Bale

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Zinedine Zidane hopes to see Gareth Bale return to peak form and fitness before the end of the season after reducing the Real Madrid forward's workload.

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has insisted that he is "happy" with Gareth Bale's recent form and is hoping to slowly get the forward back to full fitness.

Bale is said to have grown frustrated at the Bernabeu after being named on the subs' bench for games against Real Sociedad, Paris Saint-Germain and Leganes this month.

The 28-year-old was brought on for the final 15 minutes of Wednesday night's 3-1 win over Leganes, with Zidane putting the lack of starts in recent weeks down to a deliberate attempt to lighten the injury-plagued Welshman's workload.

"I'm happy with him, we have to go little by little with him," he told reporters at his post-match press conference. "What we want is for him to hit his best and we're getting there.

"We'll look at the matches that are coming up next and at how we're going to manage them. We are good and in good form and I am counting on all my players."

Bale has played a direct part in 10 goals in 17 La Liga and Champions League appearances this season.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona1594241192231
2Sevilla1584327161128
3Atletico MadridAtletico1577121101128
4Real Madrid158252319426
5AlavesAlaves157351817124
6Levante156452725222
7Real Betis156451617-122
8Getafe155641612421
9GironaGirona155641717021
10Espanyol156361720-321
11Celta Vigo155552824420
12Real Valladolid155551315-220
13Real Sociedad155461818019
14EibarEibar155461923-419
15Valencia153931212018
16Leganes154561519-417
17Villarreal153571519-414
18Athletic Bilbao152851523-814
19Rayo Vallecano152491530-1510
20Huesca1514101230-187

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