Znedine Zidane confirmed during the pre-match press conference that Gareth Bale will be back with the squad tomorrow. “Gareth Bale will join the squad tomorrow. Then, we’ll see if he goes with Wales or not. Bale returning to the squad is very good. It makes us and the fans very happy, and that’s all we think about,” said the manager.
Real Madrid’s coach also explained that Modric will be out of the squad tomorrow in order to have him ready for the game against Roma next week. Kroos will also miss the game. “Marcelo will be back, Modric won’t, both of them are fine. We just want to give Luka some more time. Kroos will not be available tomorrow because he has the flu,” explained Zidane.
All said, it looks like Kovacic and Casemiro might get a chance to start in the midfield, something unusual considering that Kroos and Modric are both undisputed starters when they are ready to play.