Bale: I’m not 100 per cent fit

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale admits he is not fully fit, ahead of this weekend’s Champions League final.

Bale has not featured for Madrid since last month’s El Clasico defeat to Barcelona due to a calf injury.

The Welsh international is available for Saturday’s final against Juventus in his home city of Cardiff after a troublesome season which saw him miss three months in November with an ankle problem.

But with boss Zinedine Zidane facing a selection dilemma over whether to start Bale or Isco, the ex-Spurs man has delivered an honest assessment about his condition.

“If I’m called upon to start, I will start, obviously,” said Bale.

“I’m not 100 percent.

“I had my ankle operation, which still hasn’t really recovered. I’d been in a lot of pain in training and have taken tablets to get through games.

“Obviously, any surgery is difficult, but in the middle of a season it’s always that bit more difficult. You want to come back as soon as possible.

“In hindsight, I should have stayed out a bit longer and let it heal and strengthen. But obviously that wasn’t the case. I’ll live and I’ll learn.”

Bale is seeking the third Champions League triumph of his Madrid career after lifting the trophy in 2014 and 2016.

 

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