Cristiano Ronaldo is an injury doubt for Real Madrid's game with Eibar

Bale will miss Real's LaLiga clashes with Eibar on Saturday and Real Betis next weekend.

Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored more penalties in the Primera Division that any other player - and he chose his favourite side to dispatch his 57th spot-kick in La Liga for Real Madrid.

Bale will be suspended after the first red card of his Real career in midweek as Madrid fell a point behind Barcelona at the top of the table. "I was shown the yellow for the foul, I was then pushed and I just pushed him back".

"I want to express my condolences to the family of Raymond Kopa, who was one of us", Zidane said. "I hope to learn from my mistake".

Madrid have already suffered at the hands of Eibar this season in a 1-1 draw at Real's Santiago Bernabeu in October. "That's what I do to my children", Marcelo told reporters.

Isco is said to be exhausted of "bumping into the wall" of the BBC (Benzema, Bale, Cristiano) and is satisfied with the promises made by Guardiola, Conte and Pochettino, with Pep being his preferred option. "These things happen in football, but hopefully it doesn't happen again between now and the end of the season". The European champions trailed Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday before a rousing fightback in the final 25 minutes sealed a 3-2 win.

"It was hard once again. Every game is important but the most important thing is that our players are ok, and so we'll wait and see what we do with Cristiano".

Real coach Zinedine Zidane said of Ronaldo in Friday's news conference: "He has a recurring problem and that is why he has not trained with us today".

"He said sorry, he's not happy with the red card, but it's over now".

'We have been very consistent all year, ' added 30-year-old Leon.

"We can be angry with the first half but we made a tremendous effort in the second half". We are never going to look for excuses, we depend on ourselves in the sense that we know what we can get by fighting and working in training and in matches.

  • Julie Sanders