Real: Bale injury not serious

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Real Madrid should have Gareth Bale back after the international break as scans detected no serious damage to the calf injury he sustained against Borussia Dortmund.

The Wales international was instrumental in Real's 3-1 victory at Signal Iduna Park last week, scoring a superb opener in the first half before setting up Cristiano Ronaldo to double their advantage after the break.

Bale didn't complete the UEFA Champions League match, having been substituted five minutes from time, and he missed the 2-0 win against Espanyol on Sunday.

But medical tests done this week only revealed swelling to his lower leg, which comes as a welcome boost for Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane, who has been unable to field his strongest team this season due to injuries and suspensions.

A statement form the La Liga champions read: "Following tests carried out on Gareth Bale, he has been diagnosed with swelling but no tear in the soleus muscle of his left leg. His recovery will be monitored."

The 28-year-old forward has registered three goals and three assists in seven appearances across all competitions for Zidane's side in the new campaign.