Zidane confirms Bale's injury, but refuses to blame players for physical difficulties

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane Has confirmed Gareth Bale is out of saturday the league home game for Spanish after suffering another muscle injury but he said he did not think the player could do anything else to alleviate his fitness problems.

Bale has missed 77 games due to injury since signing for Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a then world record fee of 100 million euros ($ 110 million) and suffered his latest setback in last week's 2-1 win at Alaves, his first start in two months

Real have not released any medical information on Bale's latest problem but on Thursday issued medical reports on Eden Hazard and Marcelo, who will also miss the Spanish match, with Hazard set to be out for the rest of the year.

The injury occurred against Alavés and after resting for a few days I still felt discomfort. He can't train normally, Zidane told reporters before Saturday's game, where Real will look for a fifth victory in six league games.

Spanish media often linked Bale's highly publicized hobby for playing golf in his spare time with his injury problems, but Zidane said he had no problems with what the player did outside of training.

I will not prevent Gareth or any other player from doing anything. The players are old enough and know what they should do, he said.

I don't think players can do anything else to avoid injuries. Not only is it important to train well, you have to eat well and recover properly, and I think our players do it and we have the best medical staff that takes care of them.

Real are second in the league , locked on 31 points with leaders Barcelona less than two weeks before visiting their arch rivals in the 'Clasico' at the Camp Nou on Dec. 18.

Real's next opponents Spanish are second bottom of the league but Zidane said there was no chance of his side resting on their laurels.

They do not deserve to be where they are at the table and if we do not take the game seriously we will have problems, there is no chance of us relaxing, he added.