The initial diagnosis that Bale would miss only two matches when Basle's David Degen stood on his ankle on April 4, twisting it a right angle to his right leg, seemed optimistic.
Bale started sluggishly against City, but he discovered his explosive pace in the second half, dismissing fears that the tackle had caused long-term damage.
"My ankle was all right," Bale said.
"It was touch and go whether I was going to play but I got through it OK.
"It was a bit sore maybe in the first half but I got more confidence in the second half.
"It's just about managing it and carrying on."