Real Madrid star Gareth Bale could return from injury in time to face his former team.

By 90Min
October 20, 2017

Real Madrid may be boosted by the return of Gareth Bale by the time Champions League matchday four rolls around at the start of next month, with the November 1 clash against Tottenham earmarked as the Welsh winger's potential comeback from injury.

Bale has been absent for nearly a month after suffering a calf strain during a Champions League encounter with Borussia Dortmund in late September.

It had led coach Zinedine Zidane to admit earlier this week that Bale's likely return to action was unknown, but Marca now claim that the Spurs game at Wembley is 'circled in red marker pen'.

The 28-year-old returned to training on Thursday and the next week-and-a-half should give him the time to sufficiently build up his fitness ahead of facing his former club in a game that has now become 'must win' if Real are to top their group ahead of Spurs.

Having already sat out five games for club and country, Bale is expected to miss three further Real fixtures before the Spurs encounter. That continues with this weekend's La Liga clash with Eibar, followed by Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey and another league clash with Girona.

This season has been another one of frustration for Bale after injury restricted him to just 19 appearances in La Liga in 2016/17 - he has still only once played more than 30 league games in a single campaign since joining Real for a then world record fee in 2013.

Bale had started 2017/18 in fine form, contributing a goal and assist in Real's season opener against Deportivo on 20th August. He had earlier bagged an assist in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United as well, but has only scored two other goals in all competitions.

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