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Real Madrid: Bale trains with bandaged right hand

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale was sporting bandaging on his hand after suffering an apparent finger sprain, but was able to train as normal.

Real Madrid: Bale trains with bandaged right hand

Gareth Bale trained with a bandaged right hand on Thursday after suffering an apparent sprain in his little finger, but the Welshman is expected to be available for Real Madrid this weekend.

Sprain not expected to rule Bale out of Celta Vigo clash

The club have confirmed to AS that Bale was able to train as normal at Valdebebas, so the issue seems unlikely to rule him out of Sunday's LaLiga clash with Celta Vigo (21:00 CET) - unless Zinedine Zidane decides not to take any risks.

In his time as Madrid head coach, Zidane has gained a reputation for being reluctant to take any chances with players carrying knocks or returning from injury, most recently adopting a safety-first approach to Eden Hazard's comeback from a fractured ankle.

Benzema able to play on after breaking little finger

However, Bale's club-mate Karim Benzema has been able to play on with strapping on his hand for just over a year, having broken his little finger in Los Blancos' LaLiga victory at Real Betis in January 2019.

Bale, 30, featured for Real Madrid for the first time in five games when he started last weekend's 4-1 LaLiga win at Osasuna, in what was only his third appearance for the league leaders in 2020.