Zidane calms Bale fears

Zinedine Zidane is confident Gareth Bale only picked up “a slight knock” after he was forced off during Real Madrid’s 3-2 win at Villarreal on Sunday.

Bale landed awkwardly on his ankle in the dying embers at La Ceramica, prompting fears of another injury for the Welshman, but Zidane was quick to assure madridistas he “did not think” that to be case.

“Isco and Morata? It’s true that they deserve more minutes, they changed the game, but we’re going to need all our players,” the Coach said after the game, in which Los Blancos came back from behind for all three points.

“Bruno’s handball? My players said it was a penalty, I couldn’t see it. I’m never going to question referee.

“We did good things to come back, found more shooting positions and picked up three important points against a good team. We’re happy for the triumph.

“At 2-0 down, we had to change something and made an attacking change so we could play in our opponents’ half. Things went well for us after that.

“We knew that Villarreal were already terrific at home. We had to have patience.

“With our changes, we changed the game. It was important to pick up points and remain top.

“Morata? I didn’t say much to him, [other than] to get in shooting positions because we went through the middle a lot.

“Bale? He only has a slight knock. I don’t think it’s anything more than that.”

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