Gareth Bale is available for Real Madrid’s Champions League match vs Liverpool


Given Daniel Sturridge’s improbable odds of participation , Liverpool was already in poor position for today’s UEFA Champions League clash in Spain against unblemished Group B leaders Real Madrid.

But now the Reds powerful opposition has received a fitness boost from none other than Welsh hero Gareth Bale.

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Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said Bale has healed from an injury to his backside and is “ready to play” against Liverpool, though whether as a starter or substitute is still up for discussion.

From the BBC:

The 25-year-old, who signed from Tottenham for £85m in September 2013, has not played for his club since 5 October because of a buttock injury.

“He’s ready to play. I don’t know if he will play from the off or on the bench,” said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge is “highly unlikely” to make a comeback despite travelling to Madrid.

Liverpool could easily be in last place in Group B with a loss in Madrid, with multiple scenarios dictating their descent. A Basel/Ludogorets draw in Bulgaria would send a losing Liverpool bottom, while any other non-absurd goal-scoring result between the Swiss and Bulgarian sides would move the Reds down.