Bale returns to Real Madrid squad, Hazard still missing

Zinedine Zidane has included Gareth Bale in his squad for Real Madrid's meeting with Osasuna, but Eden Hazard remains sidelined.

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Gareth Bale is back in Real Madrid's squad for Sunday's La Liga trip to Osasuna following Zinedine Zidane's insistence there is no issue between the pair.

Bale, who is enduring an underwhelming season, last featured for Madrid in the Copa del Rey clash with Unionistas de Salamanca on January 22.

The ankle knock he suffered in that encounter was only minor, but after being left out for their next game – a 1-0 win at Real Valladolid – he also failed to get himself back in contention for the next three outings.

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Most recently Madrid lost 4-3 at home in a thrilling Copa del Rey quarterfinal tussle with Real Sociedad, and despite scoring Los Blancos' third, Rodrygo Goes is one of those to come out of the travelling party.

Eden Hazard continues to miss out as well – the Belgian yet to make his return from an ankle injury he suffered in November, despite making his comeback to training more than two weeks ago.

Also returning are Casemiro, Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal as Madrid looks to restore its six-point lead over Barcelona at the summit, which faces head coach Quique Setien's former team Real Betis later the same day.

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