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Bale Ready For Saturday

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says Gareth Bale will not be ready for their match against Elche on Wednesday, but he will be fit to make his home debut in Saturday's derby against Atletico Madrid.

Bale was expected to make his Bernabeu debut last weekend against Getafe, but was withdraw from the matchday squad after feeling a tweak in his left thigh during the warm-up.

Bale underwent tests at the Sanitas hospital in La Moraleja where, according to a medical statement from the club, it was confirmed the Wales international was suffering from muscle fatigue.

Ancelotti, though, said that Bale will be ready for this Saturday’s clash.

“Gareth Bale trained individually today. He should be fit for Saturday's match,” said Ancelotti.

“He won't be included tomorrow because we have to prepare him well for Saturday.

“He wasn't happy after the game on Sunday, but his mood has changed quickly because he has begun to think about Saturday's match.”

Ancelotti also played down suggestions that Bale had been forced into competitive action too soon after joining Madrid.

“I don't think there has been a rush,” added the Real Madrid manager.

“He played for just 60 minutes against Villarreal and 30 against Galatasaray. He didn't have any issues heading into the Getafe game, but then the problem arrived.

“It is not a serious muscle injury because if it was he wouldn't have been able to train today or play on Saturday. I don't know what happened, but we won't risk him by putting him on the pitch tomorrow.”

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