Bale back in the fold but does not fit to face Betis

MADRID: Zinedine Zidane he said Friday Gareth Bale has resumed light training but will not be available for Real Madrid 's the league home game for Real Betis .

Madrid can record their third consecutive victory by beating Betis in trouble on Saturday, but Bale remains on the sidelines, while continuing to recover from a calf problem.

Bale caused a stir this week by taking the day off Monday to meet with his agent in London, which prompted reports in Spain that he was discussing a departure from the Santiago Bernabéu in January.

But Zidane has insisted that Bale had permission to be absent from the club and is now back in training.

The Welshman was not with the rest of the squad for Friday 's early session but did some running alone with a team physio.

He is here with us, he is training and working hard, Zidane said at a press conference on Friday.

He returned from his trip and is improving. It is not yet available but is slowly recovering.

It seems we should bring him here to talk to you because I don't know anything else.

Real Madrid sit second in the league , a point behind Barcelona and one ahead of Atletico Madrid and surprise high-fliers Granada, both of whom have played a game more.

James Rodriguez returned to Madrid on Friday from Colombia after the birth of his second son, but he is not expected to participate this weekend.

Central defender Nacho is struggling with a knee problem and Marco Asensio is a long-term absent with a cruciate ligament injury.