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The world’s most expensive player Gareth Bale will make his Real Madrid debut against Villarreal, his coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.
Bale might even start at left-back, as Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao are both doubts for the game.
The brilliant Welshman has recovered from a thigh problem when meant he could only make a cameo appearance for Wales against Serbia this week, but he is fit enough to start against Villarreal, who like Real Madrid, have made a 100% winning start to the La Liga season.
“We have to wait until the match day to see whether I’m picked or not, but hopefully I can get my fitness up straight away and get a place in the team,” Bale said.
Following their promotion. Villarreal have started La Liga season in scintillating form, but Real have won 17 of their 26 meetings, and have not lost any of their last six encounters.
Xabi Alonso and Raphael Varane will definitely be missing for Madrid, bur Ronaldo and Isco are ready after facing late fitness tests.
Bojan Jokic and Francisco Farinos are doubts for the hosts having already missed the opening matches of the season.