Zinedine Zidane will decide on the day whether Gareth Bale is fit enough to try to help Real Madrid improve their stuttering home form against Espanyol on Sunday evening.
Bale capped a fine performance with a brilliant goal in Tuesday's 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund but did not finish the game and has not taken a full part in training since due to a muscle problem.
Zidane says Bale's injury is not a major one and has not ruled the forward out of the Espanyol match, but insists he will not take any risks with a player who has been plagued by fitness issues during his time in Spain.
The Frenchman told a press conference: "We'll see tomorrow if he's involved. It's a muscle fatigue, it's nothing serious. But, as always, we don't like to take any risks when a player has even a small problem. We'll see how he is tomorrow. He could be available."
Bale was this week named in the Wales squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.
Zidane said of that: "Regarding the national team, I don't think there will be a problem between Madrid and Wales. It depends on him, on his state of fitness. We'll take it day by day."
Madrid started the weekend lying sixth in LaLiga and already seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona.
No Bale today either and he won't be available against Espanyol. Will he still travel to play with Wales?— Lucas Navarrete (@LucasNavarreteM) September 30, 2017