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Carlo Ancelotti wary of Elche test as Bale misses out

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Gareth Bale will miss Real Madrid's La Liga trip to Elche tonight as manager Carlo Ancelotti warns his side against complacency heading into the match, reports Sky Sports.

Bale had to withdraw during the warm-up before Real Madrid's 4-1 win over Getafe on Sunday - the match in which the world's most expensive player was meant to make his Bernabeu debut.

The thigh injury will keep the Welshman out of the midweek game at Elche but he is expected to return on Saturday in the Madrid derby against Atletico.

Madrid boss Ancelotti has said his team of superstars take every match as they come and he does not take his La Liga opponents Elche for granted.

"It will not be easy," he said. "Every match, before the game you have to stay focused, stay concentrated.

"Of course we have to consider that we have more quality but if we don't use the same motivation, the same character of the opposing team, it will be difficult.

"Bale trained apart from the rest of the squad and I think he will be ready for Saturday no problem,"

"He won't be available tomorrow but we have time to train with him to prepare him well for Saturday."

Elche won last season's Spanish second division but are yet to win a league game this season with three draws and two defeats coming from their opening five fixtures. 

Conversely, Madrid are undefeated with four wins and one draw.

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