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Bale included in Madrid squad

Gareth Bale has been included in the Real Madrid squad for tonight's clash with Celta Vigo after recovering from injury.

Bale picked up a calf knock in training before Christmas and sat out the Copa del Rey second leg against Olimpic Xatvia, the Primera Division match with Valencia and the mid-season friendly against Paris St Germain in Doha on Thursday.

The world's most expensive player has been back in training with his team-mates this week, though, and Ancelotti has named him in his 20-man squad for the visit of Celta.

However, whether the 24-year-old takes the field remains to be seen.

"He will be in the squad, but I have to decide if he's going to play," said Ancelotti.

"He trained this week, he's well, he has no problems, but it could be we will wait a little more to have him in optimum condition."

Real will be playing catch up as they try and cut Barcelona's eight-point lead over their La Liga rivals.

Alexis Sanchez bagged a hat-trick in 4-0 win over Elche at the weekend as Barca moved level on points with Atletico Madrid at the top of the table.

You can watch tonight's match between Real Madrid and Celtic Vigo on Sky Sports 1 from 17:55