INJURY UPDATE: Gareth Bale returns to training

INJURY UPDATE: Gareth Bale returns to training


Gareth Bale has returned to first team training to give Real Madrid a timely boost ahead of their game with Levante tomorrow evening.

The Welshman has been out with a calf problem for the past six weeks having picked up the injury in the 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon. He sat out the Champions League win over Roma and also missed the defeat at home to Atletico de Madrid among other games.

That defeat left Madrid all but out of the title race – 12 points behind leaders Barcelona. But Bale’s return could be pivotal as Los Blancos look to regain the Champions League crown they won two years ago.

The 26-year-old had been on an individual training programme for the past few weeks but has now joined the first team squad as they prepare for the match against Levante. While he is unlikely to start, there could be a return from the bench as he looks to build up his match sharpness.

As statement on the club’s official website also provided an update on the match preparations and revealed that Borja Mayoral, Martin Odegaard and Marcos Llorente joined the squad for training.

It read: “The workout started with some one-touch passing exercises out on the training pitch, this was followed by possession and pressure drills and exercises to work on regaining possession. After this, the Whites completed a drill involving a series of one-touch passes and shots on goal. The session ended with a game on a small-sized pitch. “