Bale missing from Real Madrid squad for Espanyol clash

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane left has an injury concern over Welsh forward Gareth Bale. Wolfgang Rattay  Reuters

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane left has an injury concern over Welsh forward Gareth Bale. Wolfgang Rattay Reuters

A brace from Isco helped Real Madrid edge past a dogged Espanyol 2-0 to secure a first LaLiga win of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But how could Real Madrid look when they face Espanyol?

Portuguese global Cristiano Ronaldo provided the superb assist for the 25-year-old Spaniard who curled the ball at the far corner of the post.

Karim Benzema (R), Gareth Bale (L) and Daniel Carvajal (C) celebrate team's first goal during the Spanish league football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs Real Madrid CF at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on March 18, 2017. In his official press conference, the Frenchman said, "We'll have to see whether he's involved tomorrow. But, as always, we don't like to take any risks". If you play well and start the match well then you'll have a good chance of winning.

"I am very happy that he has renewed", said Zidane.

"We would love to play all our games here at the Bernabeu", he said.

Real Madrid: Navas; Achraf, Varane, Ramos, Nacho; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Ronaldo, Asensio.

Madrid have not officially confirmed any new injury for Bale, but Zidane admitted at a news conference there was a problem, with the Wales worldwide having not taken part in group training since the club's return from Germany and missing Saturday's session along with the injured Marcelo, Mateo Kovacic, Theo Hernandez and Karim Benzema.

The last time Real got off to such a poor start in La Liga was in 1995-96, when they were again holding the title with a young defender in their ranks who had joined the previous summer and became a fixture on the right of a defence that conceded just 29 times en route to the 1994-95 championship: Quique Sanchez Flores.

Gareth Bale is not in the Real Madrid squad list.

Barcelona have won all six games so far this season.

RCD Espanyol: Gerard Moreno has been in fairly decent goalscoring form, and has formed a promising partnership with Leo Baptistao.

The Spain worldwide was the star of the show and netted either side of half-time, but again Real looked to be lacking their usual bite, even with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup for the third straight league game.

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