Gareth Bale could be fit to return to action for Real Madrid against Malaga on Saturday, according to club president Florentino Perez.
Bale had been unfit going into the new season and has only made one start since his world-record transfer this summer.
He last featured for Carlo Ancelotti's side in late September - in the Madrid derby defeat to Atletico - and has been ruled out for club and country since then.
The Welshman was previously battling to overcome a thigh injury as he aims to return to full fitness. Reports suggested that Bale had been suffering with a slipped disc in his back; however, this weekend the club denied the report, calling it "completely false".
The Independent reported that Perez told radio Punto Pelota that Bale is ready to play again.
"(He is) calm and ready, waiting to play on Saturday" said Perez.
"Everyone knows that, because he didn't have a good pre-season, he suffered from muscle fatigue in the thigh."
Perez admitted that speculation regarding his injury has unsettled the player.
"All this affects Bale's image and dignity" he continued. "The player himself and those around him are concerned because they have contracts and campaigns that this could affect".
However, the president is pleased to see his record signing ready to come back.
"He is training well and wants to play and show that all this is just something over nothing" Perez added.
Bale scored on his Madrid debut against Villarreal at the start of September and the 24 year-old will be eager to return to the pitch to lift Madrid's spirits. After a poor start to the campaign, Cristiano Ronaldo and co. are third in La Liga, five points behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
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