BARCELONA (Sporting Alert) — Gareth Bale is set to start for Real Madrid in his first El Clasico of the season against Barcelona at Camp Nou on Saturday.
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Bale has recovered from a thigh injury and has been training well with his teammates and manager Carlo Ancelotti could be tempted to start the former Tottenham forward in his attack.
“His physical condition is better and he is now ready to start a game,” said Ancelotti.
Bale’s recall would certainly means that Angel Di Maria, who has been impressive on the right hand side since the start of the season will make way for the Welshman.
“Yes, Bale likes to play on the right, and when he plays he’ll do so on that flank,” the manager said. “He’s ready to be a starter.”
At the same time, the speedy forward is still a little worried about his own fitness level, but is looking forward to step up if called on.
“I am not too sure, I have had a few minutes this week and I have had a good week’s training as well,” he said.
“So I think I am fit enough. It is up to the manager now whether I play from the start or am on the bench.”
Barcelona will also hand their own summer recruit Neymar his Clasico debut, but their are uncertainty over whether Xavi and Andres Iniesta will both start or just one.
It is believed that Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino is set to drop one of the two to the bench in favor of bringing back Lionel Messi and Alexis Sanchez expected to stay with Neymar in the attack., with
Centre-half Gerard Pique has passed fit and could start in the back line, but Martino will wait until game time to make his final decision.