Real Madrid: Gareth Bale lined up for first appearance since August vs Elche, says Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti confirms Gareth Bale can make his first Real Madrid appearance since AUGUST as he returns to the squad for the Copa del Rey clash with Elche… after being sidelined for the past five months with injury and Covid
- Gareth Bale is back in the Real Madrid squad for their trip to Elche on Thursday
- The Welshman has been out since August due to numerous injuries and Covid
- Carlo Ancelotti says he could be involved in their last 16 Copa del Rey outing
- Bale will be happy to end his career in Madrid on a high with his deal in June
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale is lining up for his first appearance at Real Madrid since August on Thursday, after recovering from a lengthy battle with injury.
Real will face Elche in the last 16 of the Copa del Rey after returning from their recent Spanish Super Cup trip to Saudi Arabia.
It will be the first of two appearances against Fran Escriba’s men in the space of four days, with also a La Liga meeting on Sunday afternoon.
Carlo Ancelotti says Gareth Bale could be lining up for his first Real Madrid outing since August
And in Thursday’s cup match, Bale could receive his first Los Blancos outing since their 1-0 league win against Real Betis at the end of August.
The Welshman has made just three appearances for Real this season, having been sidelined for the past five months with separate knee, calf and back injuries, as well as Covid-19.
But prior to their clash with Elche, Ancelotti said: “Bale is fine. He will be on the squad. Any called player could play.’
Bale’s return comes at a crucial time for Real after Marco Asensio’s recent injury, which is likely to see him out for the rest of the month.
Bale has not been to Madrid since the end of August due to injury problems and Covid
But the Welshman could return for their Copa del Rey last-16 outing against Elche
Still, against Elche, he was forced to settle for a place on the bench with Rodrygo and Eden Hazard ahead of him in the pecking order.
Bale will do everything he can to get back in shape as soon as possible to finish the last five months of his career in Madrid on a high.
The 32-year-old’s contract expires at the end of June, and the athletic claim he is considering retiring if Wales fail to qualify for the World Cup in November.
Should Rob Page’s side book their place at the event, there is also no guarantee that Bale will seek a top-tier team as he is only out to keep fit.