Gareth Bale doubtful for Real Madrid's match with Espanyol

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Madrid have not officially confirmed any new injury for Bale, but Zidane admitted at a news conference there was a problem, with the Wales global having not taken part in group training since the club's return from Germany and missing Saturday's session along with the injured Marcelo, Mateo Kovacic, Theo Hernandez and Karim Benzema.

Keeping himself at bay, the Real Madrid manager has stated that the recent questions over Cristiano Ronaldo's contract will not tint his goal scoring exploits as he is expected to remain focused despite having a tardy start to his La Liga campaign this season.

Real Madrid's home form in the league this season has been worrying with draws against Valencia and Levante and a defeat to Betis leaving them seven points behind FC Barcelona in the league table, reports Xinhua news agency.

Isco was involved again when his long-range shot was comfortably gathered by Lopez, before Marco Asensio scuffed wide from a corner. In my opinion, Real Madrid, even in the absence of Benzema, Kovacic, Marcelo and Hernandez, must gnaw the teeth with their teeth.

Bookmakers probably rub their hands on the eve of the next home match of Real Madrid.

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On Sunday October 1, 2017 at 21:45, in Madrid at the stadium "Santiago Bernabéu" the capital's Real Madrid will play against Hispaniola in the 7th round of the Championship of Spain. At a time when the Spanish and European champions are struggling for form at home, Isco was the one who took on the responsibility to drive Real Madrid forward, delivering with a double.

Real Madrid should be ahead after 24 seconds! Ronaldo slots through Isco, who had made an excellent run in behind to toe poke a finish underneath Lopez. That looked certain to be the opener for Real Madrid!

Real Madrid were struggling in the second period, but Espanyol were full of ideas, and Baptistao came close to finding Moreno free inside the home side's box in the 63rd minute as the visitors continued to threaten.

Ramos had Real Madrid's final chance of the match in stoppage time, but the centre-back headed a Ronaldo cross wide of the post as it finished 2-0 on the night.

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