By Danny Gallagher For Mailonline
Published: 12:56 GMT, 1 November 2019 | Updated: 13:04 GMT, 1 November 2019
Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Gareth Bale is back in training with the Real Madrid senior side and working 'hard' ahead of his return from yet another injury.
Bale became a key part of Madrid plans early in the season, despite Zidane's apparent insistence to move him on from the club.
A series of injuries to key personnel saw Bale relied upon as Madrid began to struggle, and Zidane has now revealed Bale is back and closing in on a return.
Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Gareth Bale is back in training with the Real Madrid squad
'He is here with us, he trains, he works hard. He is back from his trip,' said Zidane during his pre-match press conference on Friday.
'He isn't available yet but he is getting better.'
Madrid face Real Betis at the Bernabeu on Saturday, though Bale will be watching from the