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Real Madrid: Bale back in squad, Vinicius left out again

Gareth Bale has returned to the Real Madrid squad for Saturday's LaLiga clash with Real Sociedad, but Vinicius Júnior has been overlooked.

Real Madrid: Bale back in squad, Vinicius left out again
JESUS ALVAREZ ORIHUELA DIARIO AS

Gareth Bale is in the Real Madrid squad to face Real Sociedad on Saturday, but Vinicus Júnior has again been left out by head coach Zinedine Zidane.

Vinicius' omission comes despite the Brazilian spending the entire international break training under Zidane and seemingly being fully fit to play.

Bale in Real Madrid squad for first time in over a month 

Having been at the centre of controversy in recent days, Bale is named in a matchday squad for the first time since Madrid's LaLiga win over Granada on 5 October.

The 30-year-old, who returned from a month-long injury absence to play in Wales' final two Euro 2020 qualifiers this international week, raised eyebrows on Tuesday by posing with a flag reading "Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order" as the Welsh celebrated reaching next summer's finals.

See also: "Gareth will be a key player for us again" - Zidane

James, Lucas ruled out by injury

Zidane is unable to call on recent injury victims James Rodríguez and Lucas Vázquez, and longer-term absentees Nacho Fernández and Marco Asensio. 

Real Madrid squad to face Real Sociedad:

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Areola and Altube.
Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo and Mendy.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Valverde and Isco.
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Bale, Jović and Rodrygo.