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Carlo Ancelotti unsure of Gareth Bale's role against PSG after Real Madrid return

Tom Gott
Bale made his long-awaited return against Villarreal
Bale made his long-awaited return against Villarreal / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Carlo Ancelotti has confessed that he was impressed with Gareth Bale on his return for Real Madrid but is yet to make a decision on whether the Welshman will start against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Bale was a surprise starter in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Villarreal, having not featured for the team since picking up an injury in September, and he did a solid job on what was just his fourth appearance of the season.

Starting as a central striker in place of the injured Karim Benzema, Bale took a while to grow into the game but did have his side's best chances in the 74 minutes he was on the pitch, and Ancelotti confirmed he had taken notice of the Welshman's performance.

"He had a major injury in September, when he had already started playing," the boss explained. "Then it was difficult for him to pick up the pace to avoid problems. Today he has shown that he can be with us, that he is committed."

Ancelotti is hopeful that Benzema will be back from a hamstring injury in time for the first leg of Real's Champions League last-16 tie against PSG on Tuesday, and for that reason, he refused to confirm what role Bale will play in that game.

"I don't know, we have to wait and see what happens in the next few days," he said. "Hopefully we can get everyone back.

"[Bale] has had the opportunity and he has delivered, he has had chances to score, he has been dangerous... Everything we ask of him."