Real Madrid might decide to rest Gareth Bale as a reward for his four goals in two games for next weekend’s Spanish Cup fixture and the trip to Copenhagen in the Champions league three days later.

If Bale misses both the cup game and the Champions League fixture he would then return with Ronaldo for Real Madrid’s countdown to the new
year in La Liga.

Real Madrid have given Cristiano Ronaldo three weeks off after he picked up a knock last week.

He was fit to play at the weekend but was rested and will also miss next week’s cup game because he must serve a one match ban after being sent off in last season’s Cup final.

Madrid are now just three points behind joint leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid but have two difficult away trips to Osasuna and Valencia.

Madrid enter the Spanish Cup at the last-16 stage and Bale could be left behind as Real travel to Valencia to face third division side Olimpic Xátiva in their 9,000 capacity stadium.

After the Copa del Rey match, manager Carlo Ancelotti will take his squad to Denmark to play FC Copenhagen.


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