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  • 6 January 2014
  • • 18:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo
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Draw 11.00 9.50 11.00 13.00
Celta 26.00 23.00 26.00 25.00
Real Madrid - Celta Preview: Bale set to return to first-team fold

Real Madrid - Celta Preview: Bale set to return to first-team fold

The Wales international forward is available for selection after recovering from a calf injury, while Fabio Coentrao is also back in the mix after a hamstring problem

Gareth Bale is in line to make his Real Madrid return in Monday's home clash with Celta in La Liga.

The Welshman, who has scored nine goals in 15 appearances for Los Blancos since his world-record move from Tottenham, missed the club's trip to Valencia in their final game before the mid-season break due to a calf injury.

However, Bale returned to full training on Friday and could go back into Carlo Ancelotti's starting line-up for the visit of Luis Enrique's men to the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 24-year-old's absence did not hamper Madrid at Mestalla, with his replacement, Angel Di Maria, scoring in a 3-2 win that kept them in touch with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, who sit eight and five points above Ancelotti's side, respectively.

Spain's top two are the only teams to have beaten Los Merengues this season and the capital-city club's last three home Primera Division fixtures have yielded nine points and 16 goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo was responsible for six of those strikes, with hat-tricks against both Sevilla and Real Sociedad, and the Portuguese star also found the net at Mestalla to take his goal tally to 27 in 21 games in all competitions this term.

Ronaldo's compatriot, Fabio Coentrao, is available for the Celta game after a month out with a hamstring problem, although Raphael Varane and Sami Khedira (both knee) remain sidelined.

Celta, meanwhile, head to Madrid just one point above the relegation zone following a run of just one win in their last five league matches.

Enrique's side have picked up just four victories from their 17 league fixtures this season, although three of those successes have come away from home, at Real Betis, Malaga and Sevilla.

However, the Galician outfit were beaten 2-0 and 4-0 in two visits to the Bernabeu last season in La Liga and the Copa del Rey, with Ronaldo scoring four times across those meetings.

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Available Squads
25Diego López RodríguezGoalkeeper
3PepeDefender
4Sergio RamosDefender
12MarceloDefender
15Daniel CarvajalDefender
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
19Luka ModricMidfielder
22Ángel Di MaríaMidfielder
23IscoMidfielder
7Cristiano RonaldoStriker
9Karim BenzemaStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
17ArbeloaDefender
18Nacho FernándezDefender
24Asier IllarramendiMidfielder
11Gareth BaleMidfielder
20Jesé RodríguezStriker
21MorataStriker
13YoelGoalkeeper
2Hugo MalloDefender
19JohnyDefender
22Gustavo Daniel CabralDefender
30David CostasDefender
4OubiñaMidfielder
8Alex LópezMidfielder
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14Fabián OrellanaStriker
24Augusto FernándezMidfielder
11CharlesStriker
1SergioGoalkeeper
6Jonathan VilaMidfielder
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