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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale could be set for his first club appearance of 2016 against Celta VigoReuters

While catching up with FC Barcelona, seated at the top of the table, seems to be a herculean task now, Real Madrid would still want to push their local rivals Atletico Madrid a position down by the end of La Liga 2015-16.

The Galacticos are currently third in the Spanish top flight with 57 points, four points below Atletico from 27 games so far. Zinedine Zidane's side suffered a 1-0 loss against Atletico in the Madrid derby at the Santiago Bernabeu last month, but they did get back up in their next fixture.

Real Madrid got past Levante with a 3-1 scoreline in their mid-week Spanish league fixture where Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco remained the goalscorers. 

Ahead of their Saturday game against Celta, currently sixth in the table, Real have a bright news that former Tottenham Hotspur hotshot Gareth Bale could be set for his first appearance in two months for the Los Blancos. The Wales winger didn't appear in this calendar year so far as he spent time on the sidelines owing to a calf injury. 

Apart from Bale, full-back Marcelo and midfield maestro Luka Modric could also be set to appear in the game following recovery from their niggling injuries. Defenders Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal are also available to participate in the match as they are back from suspension.

The only concern for France football legend Zidane is that Real forward Karim Benzema is still unavailable for the game owing to injury.

"Bale is going to come into the group and that's a joy for everyone," Zidane was quoted as saying to Goal. "Then we'll see [if he is fit enough to appear against Celta Vigo] how it goes with this issue. The important thing is to be with Real Madrid, in the team, and then we will see."

Although they earned two wins and a draw from their last three La Liga fixtures, Celta come into the match as the underdogs. One of the big names in the Celta Vigo squad remains Spanish attacking midfielder Nolito, whose performance has attracted sharp interest from Barcelona.

The player has scored nine times and assisted five goals from 18 La Liga appearances this time and he is one of the keys to Celta Vigo's consistent stay in the top half of the table.

Previous encounter this season: Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid.

Where to watch live

Real Madrid vs Celta Vigo is scheduled to kick-off March 5 at 3 p.m. GMT (8:30 p.m. IST, 10 a.m. ET).

In India, viewers can catch the game on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD. Online streaming will be available on SonyLiv.

In the US, viewers can catch the game on beIN Sports USA, beIN Sports en Espanol and Fubo TV. Online streaming will be available on beIN Sports Connect.

In Spain, viewers can catch the game on Canal+ Liga/HD and Abono Futbol. Online streaming will be available on Movistar TV.

In the UK and Ireland, there will be no live coverage of the game.

The live scores of the game will be available on the official Twitter handle of Real Madrid.

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