During his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, as per the official Real Madrid website, manager Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Welsh star Gareth Bale may not be fit to compete against Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night.
Bale was in fine form against Granada last Sunday, scoring the opening goal as Real Madrid smashed nine past their hapless visitors, who quite literally collapsed at the back - with Cristiano Ronaldo netting an impressive five, while Karim Benzema hit a brace.
Although he trained on Tuesday at Valdebebas, Bale is a doubt for the short trip across the Spanish capital to Vallecas, as Ancelotti explained: "Bale has a problem in his left foot. We're going to evaluate it and after that, decide on the squad."
However, it's not a serious problem afflicting Bale. During the encounter against Granada over the weekend, he took a knock and suffered bruising to his foot. Understandably, and with practically everyone else in the squad fit, Real Madrid don't want to take any risks.
When it comes to making his choices, and with everyone available to play, barring a possible rest for Bale of course, the Italian coach doesn't mind being given difficulties choosing who plays, enthusing: "Everyone in the squad is really good, it's a fortunate position to be in and not a problem for me. What a lovely problem to have! I have a squad that's in optimal shape."
If indeed Bale is sidelined for the encounter against Rayo, it could lead Real Madrid to roll with a 4-4-2 formation - featuring James Rodriguez, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Isco across the midfield four, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema forming the striker pairing.