Bale’s absence would spare Ancelotti having to choose between Rodriguez and Isco in the starting the lineup. AFP PHOTO / GERARD JULIEN
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Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has a foot problem and could miss Wednesday's La Liga game at Rayo Vallecano when Real will look to keep up the pressure on leaders Barcelona, coach Carlo Ancelotti said Tuesday. Bale's absence, if confirmed, would allow Ancelotti to put off having to make a tough choice between James Rodriguez or Isco in midfield alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. James played for the first time after a two-month injury layoff in Sunday's 9-1 drubbing of Granada and Isco is back from a one-match suspension, meaning Ancelotti could use both playmakers in his starting lineup, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema up front. Barca have 71 points with nine games left, with Real on 67 .
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