Updates from Tuesday, April 8
Gareth Bale is fit to take his place in the Real Madrid starting XI for their Champions League quarter-final second leg with Borussia Dortmund.
Carlo Ancelotti calmed fears over a knee injury, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
"Bale had a bang to his knee and has recovered well," Ancelotti said. "He has no problem to play tomorrow."
Real Madrid could be without the talents of Gareth Bale for Tuesday evening's trip to Borussia Dortmund this week after it emerged that the winger required two stitches to close up a wound on his knee.
Though there is no official report on how long the Welshman will be absent just yet, 101GreatGoals have images of the injury which forced him off during Saturday's 4-0 win at Real Sociedad.
Bale scored in the La Liga mauling of their opponents, and OptaJose show exactly how rounded the player's influence has been on Los Blancos' attack this season:
15 - G. Bale is the only player in La Liga to have scored & assisted 15 goals in all competitions this season (18 goals, 15 assists). Ace.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 5, 2014
Real Madrid travel to Signal Iduna Park this week in the hopes that they might seal their place in this season's Champions League semi-finals, having taken a 3-0 lead from last week's first leg at the Bernabeu.
Bale's world-record €91 million move to the Spanish capital, per FIFA.com, drew a varied response from the football community, with an immense amount of pressure being placed upon the forward to cement his world-class status.
And it's precisely that objective which Bale has fulfilled, taking his talismanic talents from Tottenham into a star-studded Carlo Ancelotti squad and thriving as a member of the European outfit.
Squawka can attest to just how accurate Bale has been in Europe during his maiden season in Madrid:
Gareth Bale has scored 5 goals in the Champions League this season from just 7 shots on target. Absolutely deadly. pic.twitter.com/ED4x0qCf7I— Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 2, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti is already without Jese Rodriguez, who tore an anterior cruciate ligament last month, meaning Bale's absence could yet have further impact on Real's options out wide.
Should the Welsh star be absent for the German fixture this week, any one of Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, Alvaro Morata or Isco could be tasked with filling in on the wing he'd usually occupy.
As things stand, Ancelotti's side remain contenders for the La Liga title, sitting in third place, three points away from league leaders Atletico Madrid and two points adrift of second-place Barcelona.