La Liga: Bale makes first start in three months

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane responded to a shock defeat at Valencia on Wednesday by recalling Gareth Bale for his first start in three months for Sunday ’ s visit to Villarreal .
The Welshman scored on his return from an ankle ligament injury suffered on November 22 last weekend as a second – half substitute against Espanyol and also came off the bench for the final half hour at Mestalla in midweek.
Portuguese defender Pepe replaces the injured Raphael Varane in the only other change to Zidane ’ s starting line -up .
Madrid can retake top spot in La Liga with victory after Barcelona moved top of the table thanks to Lionel Messi ’ s late winner in a 2 – 1 victory at Atletico Madrid earlier on Sunday

Real Madrid's Welsh forward Gareth Bale grabs the goal's net during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Athletic Club Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 23, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CURTO DE LA TORRE
Real Madrid’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale grabs the goal’s net during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and Athletic Club Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 23, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CURTO DE LA TORRE