Bale Set For Real Madrid Return

Gareth Bale will make his long-awaited return to action against Espanyol, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.

The Wales international has not played since the Champions League win over Sporting CP on November 22, when he suffered an ankle injury.

The former Tottenham star will be back on the pitch on Saturday, although it remains unlikely that he will be in the starting XI.

"Bale will be in the squad and the idea is for him to have some minutes," Zidane said on Friday. "He's excited to be with us and we're happy to have him, although we still have two or three who have injuries. Nearly everyone is ready."