Real Madrid coach Ancelotti unconcerned with Bale injury problems

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has played down Gareth Bale's injury problems.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has played down Gareth Bale's injury problems.

Ancelotti confirmed on Saturday afternoon that Bale would be absent for the Athletic Bilbao match - but believes he will be fit for the Copa del Rey semi-final showdown with Atletico in midweek.

"He's not available because he didn't train throughout the week with the squad," said Ancelotti.

"He's done a good job today, he'll train tomorrow and I think he'll be available for Wednesday."

With the Wales International absent, former Academy player Jese - who stood in for Bale and scored the winner against Espanyol - could again feature.

Ancelotti said: "We have two options to replace Bale: Jese, who is doing very well and who we have a lot of confidence in, or (Angel) Di Maria on the right and (Asier) Illarramendi in the middle."

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