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  • October 19, 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
  • • Attendance: 78362

Real Madrid players celebrate a goal versus Levante

Real Madrid - Malaga Preview: Blancos waiting on Bale

Real Madrid players celebrate a goal versus Levante


The Wales international could make his fourth appearance for the capital club but the game has come too soon for influential midfielder Xabi Alonso

Real Madrid are sweating on the fitness of Gareth Bale ahead of their fixture with Malaga at the Sanitago Bernabeu on Saturday.

The Welshman has made just three appearances in all competitions for the club since his world-record move from Premier League outfit Tottenham.

Bale has been struggling with a thigh problem, and reports surfaced in the Spanish media that the 24-year-old had suffered a slipped disc in his back.

But those rumours were strongly denied by the club and president Florentino Perez revealed the attacker is hoping to be fit for the showdown with former Madrid boss Bernd Schuster's side.

However, los Blancos will definitely still be without Xabi Alonso, who remains sidelined following surgery on a groin problem and a fractured metatarsal in recent months.

Carlo Ancelotti's charges head into the fixture on the back of a 3-2 victory away to Levante before the international break.

Injury-time goals from Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo were required to rescue an unlikely three points, after Nabil El Zhar had given the hosts a 2-1 lead in the 86th minute.

The result maintained Madrid's grasp on third place, with the club taking 19 points from a possible 24 so far, leaving them five points adrift of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, both of whom boast 100 per cent records.

Madrid will be keen to build momentum ahead of important fixtures with Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday and the first Clasico of the season away to Barcelona on October 26.

Malaga have had indifferent start to the campaign, winning just two of their eight matches.

The Rosaleda outfit sit in 10th position, and are looking to bounce back from their 1-0 home defeat to Osasuna and midfielder Fernando Tissone is confident of an upset against Ancelotti's men.

He told the club's official website: "There are a lot of quality teams in the Spanish League and any team can beat any rival.

"It’s crucial we make the most out of every opportunity and play with a great degree of determination. We can defeat any team."

Victory will not come easily, however, as the last time the sides met in May, Real consigned Malaga to a heavy 6-2 defeat.

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