Friday, April 16, 2021

Bale, Rodriguez back for real Madrid’s title decider


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Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez are back in the Real Madrid squad as the Merengue face Malaga in a match that will decide the fate of the entire La Liga season.

Bale has been out of action since April with a torn calf, while James sat out Madrid’s 4-1 thrashing of Celta that put them on the brink of the title.But both have been included in Zinedine Zidane’s 25-man squad to face the Andalucians today.

A point will be enough for Madrid to take their first Liga crown in five years, as they also look forward to the Champions League final against Juventus next Saturday.

And while the Wales international is not guaranteed to play today, his return to action will cheer Madrid fans ahead of the clash in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Madrid have received another boost with the return of Dani Carvajal, who along with Bale was a doubt to play in Cardiff. The right-back is also in the squad, having suffered a hamstring injury that put his season in jeopardy at the start of May.

Elsewhere there are few surprises in the Merengue squad, with Cristiano Ronaldo set to play the season decider in La Rosaleda.

Zidane is back to his full complement of centre-backs, picking Pepe after the veteran Portugal player recovered from broken ribs to make the cut.

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