Published: Mon, October 02, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has calf strain, but 'nothing important' - Zidane

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has calf strain, but 'nothing important' - Zidane

Real Madrid face a crucial La Liga match at home to Espanyol this evening.

Meanwhile their away form has been flawless, with last Saturday's win away to Alaves meaning they have won their last 12 league games on the road and as if to emphasis the difference, Tuesday saw them produce arguably their best display of the season to defeat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in the Champions League.

Portuguese worldwide Cristiano Ronaldo provided the superb assist for the 25-year-old Spaniard who curled the ball at the far corner of the post. "I see him in good shape, I see that he is happy and focused", said Zidane during the pre-match presser.

"He has a strain, it's nothing important, but here we do not like to take risks if a player has something small".

"We want to keep doing what we've been doing and to win well", he said.

Zidane is confident the Portugal worldwide, still waiting for his first goal of a LaLiga campaign that got off to a delayed start due to a five-match suspension, will not be distracted ahead of Sunday's match with Espanyol.

"We have to prove ourselves again every day. It [Ronaldo's contract] is a club issue and I'm not getting involved in it".

Isco should have sent Real Madrid ahead inside the first 20 seconds after meeting a through pass from Sergio Ramos, but the Spaniard could not find a route past Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

It took until the 22nd minute for Real Madrid to have another attempt of real note, and Luka Modric's effort drifted wide of the away side's post as the score remained 0-0 at the mid-point of the first period.

Two-time Champions League-winning manager Zinedine Zidane has come into the light in recent days due to several topics relating to his Real Madrid side.

On the field there was far less conflict as Real eased to an 11th consecutive win over Barcelona-based Espanyol for their first home league win of the season.

The Spain global was the star of the show and netted either side of half-time, but again Real looked to be lacking their usual bite, even with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup for the third straight league game.

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