Gareth Bale to miss Real Madrid's Champions League return

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale has won 54 caps for Wales, scoring 19 goals

Gareth Bale is set to miss Real Madrid's Champions League match against Roma on Wednesday with manager Zinedine Zidane promising not to rush the return of Wales' star.

AFP report that Bale has suffered a minor setback in his recovery from a calf injury.

Bale has been out since suffering the injury in a 5-1 win against Sporting Gijon in January.

"He needs time and we need to be patient," Zidane said.

"We need Gareth to be 100% fit."

Bale, 26, will not feature at home to Athletic Bilbao in La Liga on Saturday.

"He is feeling better every day but I am not going to say that he will be back training with us next week," Zidane said.

"If he is feeling pain then it is to be expected that he might suffer a setback.

"Gareth is such an important player for us that we are not going to take any risks."

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