Ancelotti: Injured Bale to miss Levante trip

The Real Madrid manager said his Welsh winger will be out this weekend, but noted the player should be fully fit after the international break.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said Gareth Bale was frustrated at missing the Spanish side's 4-0 win over Copenhagen in the Champions League, but noted the Welsh winger should be back to full fitness following the forthcoming international break.

Madrid overcame the Danish champions with a double apiece from from Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria, but Bale was forced to watch on from the sidelines as he recovers from a thigh injury.

Ancelotti revealed that the 100 million euro summer signing from Tottenham will miss the weekend trip to Levante, but the manager believes Bale can catch up with his teammates during the subsequent stop in domestic action for World Cup qualifiers.

"It wasn't possible for him to play," Ancelotti explained. "He had a knock and we did an X-ray, but it didn't show up anything special. We are waiting for him to recover.

"He has not been 100 percent, but after two weeks he will be in top shape. It's normal he is not happy — he wants to play. He is very excited and it's not a problem — now there is time for him to reach optimum fitness and to avoid [further] injuries."

Ancelotti, meanwhile, was happy with Madrid's reaction following Saturday's derby defeat at home to Atletico.

"It was a good game," he said. "We started well, with intensity and balance. Then, after Cristiano's [first] goal, we were slower, but we recovered our intensity and scored some more goals late on. The team's attitude was good.

"We tried to play with Cristiano and Di Maria more open, and create more chances from crosses. The first and second goals were good combinations and we made use of the wings. The three midfielders, [Asier] Illarramendi, [Sami] Khedira and [Luka] Modric, all had good games."