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Bale, Real Madrid tension set to be ratcheted up by Wales call-up

The Real Madrid player has been called up for Wales' November fixtures despite not appearing for Los Blancos since early October.

Bale, Real Madrid tension set to be ratcheted up by Wales call-up

The tension between Real Madrid and Gareth Bale is set to be ratcheted up yet further, after the forward was called up to the Wales squad despite his prolonged absence from Zinedine Zidane's team.

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Bale has not played for Real Madrid since start of October

Bale has not been part of a Madrid matchday squad since playing for Los Blancos in the 4-2 LaLiga win over Granada exactly a month ago.

Indeed, having returned from the international break in mid-October with an apparent calf problem - Madrid have not offered any public details on his injury - the 30-year-old has not even been able to train with the first-team group.

Bale again trained alone at the LaLiga club's Valdebebas sports complex on Monday, and won't be back in action in time for Wednesday night's Champions League Group A clash with Galatasaray.

Wales preparing for Azerbaijan, Hungary clashes  

Wales face Azerbaijan and Hungary in Euro 2020 qualifying on 16 and 19 November, respectively.