Bale in squad as Real Madrid return to action

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Gareth Bale could feature for Real Madrid when they return to La Liga action against Eibar on Sunday.

Wales star Bale is in a 23-man squad named by Zinedine Zidane as second-placed Real host an Eibar side who are two points clear of the bottom three.

Bale was an unused substitute for Real’s last game, a 2-1 loss at Real Betis on March 8.

Former Chelsea forward Eden Hazard is back in contention after breaking his ankle in February.

La Liga resumed behind closed doors on Thursday following a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Zidane’s side have 11 games remaining and are five points behind leaders Barcelona, who have played one game more following Saturday’s win over Mallorca.

“We’ve got 11 cup finals ahead of us and we’ll be trying to give our all to win La Liga,” said Zidane before the visit of Eibar, who sit 16th in the table.

All six of Real’s remaining home games are being played at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano which is situated at the club’s training base and is usually used by the youth team.

That is because their Bernabeu home is undergoing renovation work.

“We’re used to playing at the Bernabeu but we’ll adapt to the circumstances,” added Zidane. “We’ve trained there, the dimensions are the same and we’re ready to play at the Di Stefano”

Real won 4-0 at Eibar when the two teams met earlier in the season, with Karim Benzema scoring twice.

By BBC Sports

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