Gareth Bale has every chance of featuring in the Champions League final with Juventus - but won't be rushed back into action ahead of schedule.
That is the view of Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, who confirmed (via AS) that Bale has an outside chance of being fit for the clash with I Bianconeri on 3rd June.
The Welshman has been out of action since 23rd April when the superstar suffered a calf injury during the late defeat to their bitter El Clasico rivals Barcelona, and would dearly love to play for Real when the Spanish giants face their Italian opponents in his home city of Cardiff in under a month's time.
However, despite confirming that Bale was back in training, Zidane warned against the forward pushing himself too hard in case he suffered a setback in his recovery - a move that would certainly end any hopes of Bale playing at the Millennium Stadium.
Zidane said: "Today isn't the time to talk about that (the final). He's a lot better, he's out on the training pitch and that's positive. But right now we have to focus on the Celta game, and Bale won't be with us for that."
Bale tore his calf during Real's last-gasp 3-2 home defeat to Barcelona during the tempestuous affair at the Santiago Bernabeu, and is now in a race against time to be fit enough to feature against Massimiliano Allegri's charges.
Slowly losing all respect for @GarethBale11 not even a mention of WHL. Considering we're the club who made him who he is— Jayy (@JamieDaavis) May 14, 2017
The former Tottenham star has endured a stop-start 2016/17 campaign thanks to niggling injuries, with ankle, hip and calf strains all restricting Bale to just 26 matches this term before his latest problem.
Bale has managed to bag himself nine goals and five assists when he has been on the pitch - tallies that have taken his overall record at Real to 67 and 51 respectively - and the 66-times capped Wales international will hope to put his injury troubles behind him once the current campaign ends after the Champions League final.
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