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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has not suffered new muscle injury

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale has not suffered new muscle injury

Real Madrid missed the chance to go two points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they drew 0-0 with Atletico Madrid on Saturday in an edgy, but entertaining, local derby in which the outstanding players were the two goalkeepers.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Real Madrid defence ace Marcelo will not play any role for the Los Blancos in Saturday's Madrid derby after suffering a calf injury in midweek 3-0 loss to Sevilla.

The 26-year-old's loyalties were previously with Atletico, where he won LaLiga, the Copa del Rey, the Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup during a three-year spell on loan from Chelsea, which finished before Saul established himself in the first team. Only one of the last six La Liga matches played by Real and Barca had ended with them winning, which had pulled Atleti back in the race.

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has responded to Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos' comments after he labelled the Frenchman "ignorant".

Kylian Mbappe, Messi and Griezmann were all among those snubbed for FIFA's controversial The Best award, but the latter was the only one to make a fuss, saying at the time: "The Best bothers me".

All that changed in 2013, when Diego Simeone masterminded Atletico's first triumph in nearly two decades in the final of the Copa Del Rey at the home ground of Real Madrid, and since then Atleti have not looked back.

Julen Lopetegui says Bale was replaced as a precaution on Saturday
Julen Lopetegui says Bale was replaced as a precaution on Saturday

"It was a hard match, as it always is when we play here", Atletico coach Diego Simeone said.

Second-half goals from Andre Silva and Ever Banega, who scored twice, the first from the penalty spot, set up a third straight league win for Sevilla.

"We deserved the win but unfortunately we didn't manage to convert our chances. We're focused on our goal and that is to be league champions and to achieve this we need the support and energy from the fans".

However, Bale is set to miss the game in Russian Federation and team-mates Sergio Ramos and Marcelo are also ruled out.

The good news is that Dani Carvajal has recovered from a muscle problem and will be able to return after missing the last two matches, although Isco will be out for another three weeks after his appendix operation.

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