Real Madrid reportedly hope to have Gareth Bale fit and ready to feature in some capacity this coming weekend against Malaga.
The Welshman has seen his general physical state come under scrutiny during the international break, for his fitness struggles since joining Los Blancos late in the summer from Tottenham.
However, on from continuing through the past fortnight on a personalised ‘mini preseason’, the 24-year-old is seen as approaching an improved condition.
With medical staff said to be targeting optimum levels for the player by Week 10’s trip out to Barcelona for the Clasico, Bale is seen as likely to feature in Week 9’s home test with Malaga as a second half substitute.
Meanwhile, club doctor Carlos Diez has explained to AS that the player is also undergoing ‘preventative treatment’ on a back protrusion identified since his transfer, to build up strength and avoid risk of it developing into a hernia.