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No Bale for Real, but Varane could return

1 February 2014 14:02

Gareth Bale is not available for Real Madrid's trip to Athletic Bilbao but Raphael Varane returns to the squad after a knee injury.

Bale was withdrawn at half-time in Real's 2-0 La Liga victory over Granada last Saturday with a leg injury, and missed the 1-0 Copa del Rey victory over Espanyol on Tuesday.

The Welshman is set to miss out again the San Mames Barria on Sunday, with Angel Di Maria and Jese the top contenders for a starting berth, but coach Carlo Ancelotti is expecting Bale to be available in the near future.

"Bale isn't available for tomorrow but he might be fit for Wednesday's game," he said.

"I have two players to replace Bale, Jese and Di Maria. I will decide tomorrow (Sunday).

"I'm not worried about Bale. He is not injured and he felt good this morning."

Bale may be absent but Ancelotti is boosted by the return of Varane, who has been sidelined since November.

He added: "Varane is included in the squad list for tomorrow's match."

Real are gunning for a sixth straight La Liga triumph, but Ancelotti is wary of a Bilbao side that sit fourth in the standings.

"We have to do our best," he continued. "It will be a tough match but we will win if we give it our all.

"It's very important to win and continue the great performances we gave in January. We need to be 100 percent focused to play well."

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Competition
Primera División
Date
2 February 2014
Game week
22
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
San Mamés Barria (Bilbao)
Attendance
36000

Goals

0 - 1
65' Jesé
 (assist by Cristiano Ronaldo)
Ibai 73'  
1 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
15
11 73'
7
6
9
13
23
# Player Bookings
24
21
2
1
5
17
23

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 8 +22 22
2 8 +7 19
3 8 +21 18
4 8 +10 17
5 8 +7 17
6 8 +5 14
7 8 +2 13
8 8 -1 12
9 8 -1 11
10 8 -6 10
11 8 -1 9
12 8 -2 9
13 8 -2 9
14 8 -7 8
15 8 -8 7
16 8 -4 5
17 8 -7 5
18 8 -11 5
19 8 -16 5
20 8 -8 4

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