Gareth Bale could make his debut on the left side of defence when Real Madrid travel to El Madrigal to face Villarreal on Saturday evening.
New Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has seen both Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao return from intertnational duty with injuries, which could pave the way for Bale to start at left-back.
Coentrao, who was close to joining Manchester United in a loan deal on transfer deadline day, picked up up a muscle injury during Portugal's 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
During the same game, Marcelo was forced off at half-time with an apparent recurrence of a thigh injury sustained in Brazil's thrashing of Australia at the weekend.
The Welsh wizard, who signed for Madrid as a forward player, originally joined Tottenham as a defender but after a slow start to life in London, he eventually found his true calling further up the pitch.
Bale came on as a substitute for Wales last night in the home defeat to Serbia, which was his first competitive appearance of the season following a groin problem that caused him to miss most of pre-season, although he is still expected to be in Ancelotti's starting eleven for the Villarreal clash.
The 24-year old enjoyed an incredible season at White Hart Lane last campaign, scoring 30 goals in 53 appearances for Spurs on his way to claiming the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year awards as well as the FWA Footballer of the Year award.
It now appears the Madrid faithful will have to wait a little while longer to get a glimpse of the real Gareth Bale in action.
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