Gareth Bale showed exactly what it needs to be done to prove that he was on his way to full fitness in front of boss Zinedine Zidane during a training session on Thursday.
The Real Madrid winger has been sidelined since picking up a calf injury in the 5-1 victory over Sporting Gijon in January. After that Real have slipped down to third place in the La Liga, behind leaders Barcelona and city rivals Atletico.
Bale, however, recently returned to full training and the Welshman was confident enough to take on French legend Zidane during a practice match.
Bale later posted a picture on Instagram with a clear message: “Taking on the master.”
Real and Wales are very cautious at the moment not to rush back the former Tottenham attacker from injury too soon.
Wales manager Chris Coleman has earlier informed Gareth Bale might miss one or both of Wales’ two Euro 2016 practice matches in March.
Wales will take on Northern Ireland and Ukraine on March 24 and 28 respectively, but Coleman says Bale will only play if he is fully fit, and will be guided by his club.
“We will have to wait and see in the next week or two what happens,” said Coleman.
“And if he is not available, he is not available. He has had a bit of a time of it with Madrid, in terms of injury, a bit stop-start.
“But Real Madrid have been so good with us in terms of how they have treated us.”
Bale has missed 25 percent of Real Madrid’s games this term. He had to deal with 11 injuries and six of those have been to his calf. Madrid played without Bale in 26 matches.
In the mid-February, his recuperation had a new setback and this was starting to worry, and annoy, coach Zinedine Zidane. According to a report from Marca, Zidane was fed up with Bale missing his recovery deadlines and also said to the club he doesn’t want to be further informed of Bale’s recovery. He only wants to be told when he is ready to play.