Madrid’s Bale has flu, to miss Copa del Rey opener

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says forward Gareth Bale has the flu and will miss the team’s Copa del Rey opener at third-division Olimpic Xativa on Saturday.

Madrid will be without the Wales international and the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, likely leaving its attack to Karim Benzema or youngsters Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.

Bale scored his first hat trick for Madrid last weekend since his world record 100-million euro transfer from Tottenham this summer.

Madrid will play the second leg of its round-of-32 tie in two weeks at its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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