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Bale admits he isn’t ready to start in Champions League final – ‘I am not 100 percent’

Date Posted,May 29, 2017

Gareth Bale has admitted he is not ready to start Saturday’s Champions League final.

The Welshman has returned to Real Madrid training in time for the showdown with Juventus in Cardiff.

He hasn’t featured since the defeat to Barcelona on April 23 after picking up a calf injury.

Bale doesn’t believe he is ready to play the entire 90 minutes with Isco set to get the nod ahead of him.

“I am not 100 percent, I haven’t played for six or seven weeks,” Bale said on Tuesday.

Bale with Modric and Ronaldo during training (Photo: EFE)
Bale speaks to Isco (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Will the Welshman get the nod? (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“To last 90 minutes, I haven’t played a lot of football this year since my operation, so that would be difficult.

“I have been playing with a lot of pain, even when I came back I was taking tablets to get through games and training.

“The last six or seven weeks have enabled me to rest my ankle a bit and really try to get it a bit better, and obviously recover from the injury which it caused.”

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Isco has impressed in Bale’s absence and the Wales hero has backed his understudy to shine.

“The last few weeks he has been playing very well, so I am happy for him and he has helped the team enormously at the end of the season.

“Whether he or I start we will both be cheering each other on and hoping the team win.

“The most important thing is how we perform as a team and win the trophy at the end of it.”

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