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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has calf strain, but 'nothing important' - Zidane


Bale once again sat out Real Madrid training today and looks certain to miss their La Liga clash with Espanyol on Sunday.

"I'm not going to get involved in issues between the club and Cristiano Ronaldo, but I don't think that there's any problem between them", Zidane said. The 28-year-old has suffered 18 injuris during his time in white.

Madrid's struggles this season can be highlighted by one weird statistic: They are winless at home in the Bernabeu in La Liga so far this season, with two draws and one loss in league action.

Zidane wants to build momentum at the Bernabeu - where Madrid have failed to win in three LaLiga games - after beating Alaves and Dortmund in consecutive away matches. The Portuguese star has not yet found the net in La Liga, and if that continues for the next 90 minutes, it will be his worst ever start for Real Madrid.

The political tension also bubbled over at the Santiago Bernabeu where Real fans waved Spanish flags and sang "Viva Espana" (long live Spain).

He said on his club's website: "I try to convey to my players that it's a game where you cannot be overconfident, where you need to be very focused, not fall asleep or close your eyes for an instant, because in a very short space of time the game can change".

Bale, who signed with Real Madrid in 2013 has missed 9,346 minutes since he arrived at the club. Ronaldo slots through Isco, who had made an excellent run in behind to toe poke a finish underneath Lopez.

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The Spain worldwide was the star of the show and netted either side of half-time, but again Real looked to be lacking their usual bite, even with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup for the third straight league game. Ronaldo crosses into the box for Ramos to attack, with the defender powering a header towards goal.

71' GOAL! Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol: Darder loses the ball in the middle of the pitch, with Asensio cutting back a pass to Isco just inside the box.

"Cristiano is the same as always, most interested about playing games and scoring goals", Zidane said.

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