Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Medical | By Carla Vaughn

Real Madrid coach Zidane admits Bale 'strain'

Real Madrid coach Zidane admits Bale 'strain'

Meanwhile their away form has been ideal, with last Saturday's win away to Alaves meaning they have won their last 12 league games on the road and as if to emphasis the difference, Tuesday saw them produce arguably their best display of the season to defeat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League.

Gareth Bale is a notable absentee from Real Madrid's 18-man squad to face Espanyol, with the Welshman having failed to shake off a knock. In his official press conference, the Frenchman said, "We'll have to see whether he's involved tomorrow".

The match Real Madrid won without any problems - 1: 3.

It seemed nearly inevitable that the political discourse of the day would also find its way into Sunday's clash, with BBC News reporting 761 people were injured by police attempting to stop the voting in the Catalan referendum. But, as always, we don't like to take any risks when a player has even a small problem.

Madrid are seven points behind Liga leaders Barcelona in sixth place in the Liga standings after dropping points in each of their three home games this season.

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Real Madrid are running rampant in the Champions League this season, but this weekend they're playing in La Liga, which has been a much different story. What has happened, has happened, but we can change it tomorrow and that's what we're going to try to do. 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. "They could sit back or they could come out and play, what we have to do is our work and try to make sure things go well for us from the start".

Marcelo and Theo Hernandez are both also unavailable for the Blancos, meaning Nacho continues on the left side of defence.

He said there was no issue between Madrid and the Welsh national team.

The opening exchange of Sunday's meeting at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu was as one-sided as one is likely to see at this level. 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.

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