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Real Madrid: Gareth Bale injured, but Cristiano Ronaldo cleared to play

Real Madrid have named their squad for Saturday's duel in La Liga with Eibar, minus their Welsh star.

There was a notable absence from Real Madrid training at the Valdebebas complex on Friday morning, with Gareth Bale unable to train with the rest of the squad.

The Welsh star is still suffering the ill effects of a knock received during the 2-0 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night. According to Spanish outlet AS, Bale required tests at the Sanitas-La Moraleja hospital first thing the following morning.

Scans revealed a pulled muscle, but fortunately not a tear. Carlo Ancelotti has taken no risks, opting to leave the 25-year-old out of his squad ahead of Saturday's match against Eibar.

Via the official club website, Ancelotti explained: "He had tests and the scans were normal, but he's pulled a muscle and it's best to give him a rest, so he's ready for Tuesday," - which is when Real Madrid take on Atletico Madrid in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final battle.

More positively for Real Madrid, their appeal against the questionable yellow card Cristiano Ronaldo received for apparently diving against Rayo Vallecano has been rescinded by the RFEF Competition Committee, who accepted the evidence presented by his club.

Over the successful appeal, Ancelotti commented: "We thought the card was unfair, which is why we appealed. We need Cristiano for the game tomorrow, because he is important. We have to respect Eibar and play the best eleven we can."

Fellow Portuguese international Pepe also returns to action following his injury lay-off. The experienced 32-year-old centre-back had been suffering from a thigh muscle problem and hasn't featured since the Clasico defeat against Barcelona.

Hinting that former Tottenham icon Luka Modric might not start, Ancelotti noted: "He was tired after the intense game at Vallecas. The whole team was tired and we've still not fully recovered."

The squad of nineteen for Real Madrid named by Ancelotti to face Eibar is as follows:


Casillas, Keylor Navas, Pacheco.


Varane, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Nacho.


Lucas Silva, Modric, Isco, Illarramendi, Javi Muñoz.


Cristiano Ronaldo, Jesé, Benzema, Chicharito.

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