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Zidane shrugs off pressure, confirms Bale won’t feature against Galatasaray

Gareth Bale is unavailable for Real Madrid’s Champions League clash at home to Galatasaray on Wednesday due to injury even though he has been called into the Wales squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday (November 5).

Bale has not featured for Real since getting injured after Wales 1-1 draw with Croatia on Oct. 13 but on Tuesday was included in Ryan Giggs’ squad for their crucial qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Hungary.

Real have not released any medical information on Bale’s latest injury.

Giggs said he hoped Bale would feature for his club at Eibar on Saturday before reporting for Wales duty. However, Zidane said the player, who signed for Real for a then world record fee of 100 million euros ($111.03 million) in 2013, was not close to full fitness.

The Frenchman has previously acknowledged his willingness to part company with Bale and in July he said “if he can leave tomorrow, so much the better”.

But he offered Bale sympathy for his long-running injury troubles, adding that he hopes the 30-year-old will remain at the club until next June at least.

The 13-times European champions made a difficult start to their Champions League campaign but two weeks ago moved up to second in Group A on four points after winning 1-0 at Galatasaray, who are bottom with one.

Full back Marcelo said the players might approach the game as a final in order to be at their best.

Paris St Germain, who lead the standings with nine points after three games, host Club Bruges on Wednesday.

(Production: Guillermo Martinez, Silvio Castellanos)

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