Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is on course to resume light training after sustaining an ankle injury against Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League back in November – according to the Independent.
It makes for good news for Wales fans as their nation face Republic of Ireland on March 24 in a crucial World Cup qualifying derby match.
He is due back onto Madrid’s Valdebebas training ground later this week as he looks to start cardio work before moving onto ball work.
Bale sustained what was diagnosed as a « traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons » against Sporting – a game which they went on to win 2-1
The former Tottenham winger returned to the UK after picking up the injury for an operation in London, and after two months of solo gym work, now looks ready to take the next step in his road to recovery.
Madrid are closely monitoring the star’s progress and are reportedly being extremely cautious over the player, targeting mid-March as the time to bring him back into first-team proceedings.
The £85m star won’t be rushed back, as he will surely be seen as a player with an integral part to play in Real Madrid’s bid to take home this year’s La Liga title for the first time since 2012.
If everything goes to plan with the ex-Southampton prodigy’s recovery, Bale might have played two La Liga games before coming back on the international stage with Wales for the huge derby in Dublin.
Fans of the star are able to keep up with his progress through social media, where he regularly shares updates of himself in the gym.