Gareth Bale’s long awaited return to the pitch is expected to come against Espanyol, Zidane has confirmed.
The Wales star has been out of action since November 22 and was expected to feature against Napoli after returning to training this week.
And the former Tottenham star will be back on the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, although it remains unlikely that he will start.
“Bale will be in the squad and the idea is for him to have some minutes,” Zidane told a news conference on Friday. “He’s excited to be with us and we’re happy to have him, although we still have two or three who have injuries. Nearly everyone is ready.
“Bale is an important player. We know his quality, his speed, the damage he can cause the opposition. I’m happy to have him but he’s even happier to be back with the team and ready to play.”