Gareth Bale is set to feature for the first time in two months when Real Madrid host third-tier Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday, but Zinedine Zidane has pleaded for patience with the Welshman’s fitness.
Gareth Bale’s four-year spell in the Spanish capital has been dogged by injuries, particularly in the past year as he has completed 90 minutes just four times.
He continues to be linked with a move to United too, but Zidane is focused now on having a fully-fit Bale at his disposal.
“I want Gareth to be fully fit but I can’t say when that will be,” Zidane said on Monday, as Bale returned to full training following a thigh injury.
“The idea is that tomorrow he can play and he looks good. As always he needs game time and how the matches go will determine what the best route for us to take is.
“He will play tomorrow, but I don’t know for how long.
“I want to see Gareth, Cristiano and Karim,” said Zidane. “It has been a long time since I have seen them together.”
Bale has scored 70 goals in 159 appearances for Real, winning three Champions Leagues and last season’s La Liga title.