Bale set for Real return after training
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Wales winger Gareth Bale looks on course to return to the Real Madrid side for their La Liga clash with Malaga on Saturday after he trained with the squad on Wednesday, the club announced.

The 24-year-old -- who cost the Spanish giants €91m when he moved from English Premier League outfit Spurs in August -- has started just one game since he joined the club owing to a series of niggling injuries, the latter one a thigh problem.

Such has been the fevered speculation about his lack of fitness that club president Florentino Perez was moved to deny publicly on Monday that the Welsh star had suffered a herniated disc.

Real, whose most expensive purchase remains Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United for €94m in 2009, said Bale had focussed on touching the ball and movement.

Real Madrid are presently third in La Liga, five points behind bitter rivals Barcelona and city neighbours Atletico Madrid after eight matches.