Real Madrid gets Gareth Bale boost ahead of Napoli match

Ahead of their match against Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League Round-of-16 encounter, Real Madrid received a boost in their ranks as Gareth Bale returned to train with the team for the first time in three months.

The Welsh forward had missed three months worth of action since damaging ankle ligaments in a 2-1 win at Sporting Lisbon on November 22.

Bale also had to undergo surgery due to the incident.

“First day back on the training pitch with the boys! Can’t wait to be back in action now,” the 27-year-old tweeted.

“The big news (from training) was the return of the Bale, who completed the session with the rest of his teammates,” Madrid echoed in a statement on Sunday.

Bale’s return means Real boss Zinedine Zidane has a fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the visit of a in-form Napoli, who currently stands at third place in the Serie A table.

“He’s fine. He’s working very well and looks determined,” the Frenchman said.

While Real maintained their one point lead at the top of La Liga with two games in hand over Barcelona thanks to a 3-1 win at Osasuna on Saturday, Napoli remained unbeaten in 18 games stretching back to October after beating Genoa by 2-0 in the Serie A last Friday.

Both teams will meet at the Santiago Bernabeu this Wednesday.

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