Gareth Bale does not have any serious injury problems, according to Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The Welshman has endured a stop-start first season in the Spanish capital with various strains and niggles. After a slow start to life with Los Blancos following his transfer from Tottenham Hostpur – he missed the first few weeks of the season with a foot injury – he burst onto the scene by scoring on his debut at Villarreal.
He picked up a thigh injury in the warm up of the game against Getafe at home in September, but returned to the first team at the end of October and enjoyed his best spell as a Madrid player in November and December, forming a key part of the devastating front three alongside Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 24-year-old has missed the last four Real games, prompting fans and media alike to question the player’s long-term fitness.
But speaking to the press, Ancelotti said Bale is suffering from a minor problem and will be back in the side soon.
“He’ll train tomorrow and he’ll be ready for Wednesday. He doesn’t need another preseason, the problem he had was very small, he just needs to train and gain confidence. I’m not worried about his problems. He got injured and was out for 20 days. Then he played well and he had a small issue now, but not an injury,” he stated.