Real Madrid coach Zidane admits Bale 'strain'

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Bale capped a fine performance with a brilliant goal in last week's 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, but did not finish the game and has not taken a full part in training since due to the problem. "I see him in good shape, I see that he is happy and focused", said Zidane during the pre-match presser.

"We will see tomorrow if he is with us, then he will go with his national team, if he has to go with his national team", added Zidane. "He could be available".

Wales is set to fight for a berth in the 2018 World Cup in the last two qualification matches; away against Georgia on October 6 before hosting Republic of Ireland three days later.

Madrid-based journalist Lucas Navarrete reports that Real "will try their best to prevent Bale from going to play with Wales this Federation Internationale de Football Association break and are confident about succeeding". It depends on his fitness, nothing else. We will take it day-to-day from Sunday.

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Madrid started the weekend lying sixth in LaLiga and already seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona. We can change all of [the talk about poor home form] tomorrow. They do have a home win in the Champions League and in the Spanish Super Cup, but that lack of home success in the league is holding Madrid well down the table, in a position that's left fans and players alike agitated and unsatisfied. As per their official website Marcelo, Benzema, Kovacic and Hernandez all trained separately, which means they likely won't feature. For the upcoming fight in the capital, Espanyol fits in good form defeating Deportivo 4: 1 and Selto 2: 1 in the final round, and in the meantime draw a draw with Villarreal 0-0.

Coach Quique Sanchez Flores, a former player and youth-team coach at Madrid, knows his side can not afford to let their standards slip at the Bernabeu, though. So now with Espanyol coming to the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid will be hoping that their fortunes will change for the better.

RCD Espanyol: Quique Sanchez Flores has confirmed that first-teamers Pablo Piatti and Victor Sanchez are out with muscular injuries, while Hernan Perez was not amongst the 18 man squad that travelled.

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