Bale sidelined for Copa del Rey game

Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Real Madrid's Copa del Rey tie with Olimpic Xativa on Saturday night through illness.

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale holds the

Madrid confirmed on their official website that Bale was suffering from "mild flu symptoms" and had not travelled with his team-mates to Valencia for the last-32 first-leg clash with minnows Olimpic.

Bale has been in stunning recent form for Madrid, including scoring a hat-trick in his last match against Real Valladolid.

That took the Wales international's tally to eight goals in his last seven appearances for the Spanish giants, while he has also created a number of other goals as well.

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