Gareth Bale's injury concerns Zidane

File photo: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane during the press conference. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Spain Feb 24, 2018, 08.22 AM (IST)

Zizou is already going through a difficult phase as his team is not performing up to the mark and now Gareth Bale's injury is giving extra tensions to the Frenchman. Bale has been plagued by injuries during his time at Real. Zidane urged that he just wanted to see Bale "100 per cent well". Real Madrid, the defending champions, is definitely not having the dream run. Few matches before, even there were speculations that Zinedine Zidane's future as Real's coach is doubtful. Though, it is not justified to blame the former French striker completely as there were other reasons as well for Madrid's poor performance. Madrid's football depended a lot on the quality of players they had, rather than a philosophy of play. Now the players are not performing, that is a problem. Karim Benzema, like Ronaldo, has found it hard to score this season in the previous clash of Champions League against Paris-Saint Germain Ronaldo broke the jinx. While Toni Kroos has not been as accurate as usual with his passes in the middle of the pitch.

Currently, Barcelona is at the top of La Liga table and third-placed Real Madrid are still hopeful of catching neighbours Atletico Madrid, who are seven points above them in second.

Zidane rested a number of key players in their 3-1 victory over Leganes in La Liga mid-week, including Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but may well play a full-strength side against Alaves on Saturday (24th February), who have won their last three La Liga games.

Bale has been the subject of much recent media speculation, amid reports that Real may try to offload the Wales international this summer.

On the transfer news, Zidane said, "I don't know, you should ask him. I do the same thing with all the players, including Gareth.

He also mentioned, "He's doing well in training, he's committed, but I want to see Gareth 100 per cent well, I don't want to lose him again."

"In every player I evaluate their form, how they feel, everything. Many factors are taken into consideration. You ask the question, but there are many things to bear in mind," Real Madrid's coach added.

"But I'm sure Gareth will  continue to play an important role. He hasn't played recently because he´s been injured, but he will, like the other players."