Important player missing but Bale back as Real Madrid prepare for Malaga

Marco Asensio was the main absentee from the first of two training sessions for the Real Madrid squad on Friday as they prepare for the clash with Malaga.He is likely to miss the game after picking up a leg strain in the Champions League victory over APOEL in midweek.

The good news for the Madrid camp is that Gareth Bale returned a day ahead of schedule from injury and worked out under the orders of Zinedine Zidane.

The Frenchman will reveal his squad for the LaLiga game at 8pm local time and one of the debates is whether Keylor Navas will be ready to return in goal after injury.