Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale will be fit to face Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday night, according to manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Bale has been missing for the last five games in all competitions as he recovers from a hip problem but after returning to training over the weekend he has now been passed fit to feature.
The Welshman missed out on a return to England two weeks ago when Real played at Anfield and secured a comfortable 3-0 victory to remain on course to top the group.
The defending champions have picked up victories over Basel, Ludogorets and the Reds, and will be looking to keep that fine form going on home soil this week.
Ancelotti confirmed that Bale is available for Los Blancos, who are priced 4.15 to win the Champions League but admitted that he is still unsure whether the former Tottenham man will be used from the start or whether he will be used off the bench.
He said: “Bale’s fine.
“My only doubt is whether to put Bale on from the start and also whether to rest a few of the players who have accumulated a lot of games. I’ll decide tomorrow [Tuesday].”
The Italian confirmed that he will be without the services of a few players for the tie with Dani Carvajal and Fabio Coentrao carrying knocks.
Ancelotti added: “Dani suffered a minor hamstring injury but it’s not serious and he should be fully recovered by the end of the week.”