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Gareth Bale back in Real Madrid training but will miss friendlies against France and Panama

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Wales will be without star man Gareth Bale for their upcoming friendlies against France and Panama, with Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insisting the winger is not yet ready to return to action.

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Bale has been sidelined since September 26 with a calf problem, ruling him out of Wales’ last three games as they missed out on a place in the World Cup finals, but he has returned to Real training in the last couple of days.

The 28-year-old had been named in a 24-man Wales squad, but the Dragons’ boss Chris Coleman confirmed his final availability would be down to Madrid.

And Zidane, who confirmed the winger will not be considered for this weekend’s LaLiga clash with Las Palmas, wants Bale to continue his recovery in Spain.

Speaking about the injuries to Bale and team-mate Dani Carvajal, the France legend told at press conference:

“We’re happy because they have both returned to training with the group.Dani is fine, normal, and Gareth as well. We’re happy to see them back with us, but they are not going to be in the squad.

Gareth is not going to be in the squad [to face Las Palmas] and he is not going to go with his national team.

He’s had two training sessions with us and we want him to remain with us so he is ready as soon as possible.”

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Zidane does not want to take any risk whatsoever and hence he wants Bale to take his time to recover. Real Madrid will welcome Bale’s return as the Los Blancos are struggling at the moment, after their defeats to Girona and Tottenham. They will hope that the Welshman can make a great comeback pretty soon.