Gareth Bale has received a much-needed injury boost and now looks set not to miss the Club World Cup and the December Clasico againstBarcelona.
The Welsh international was diagnosed with a slight tear in the long abductor muscle in his left leg last week.
With recovery time often up to six weeks it was feared he might be out for the rest of the year.
But the injury is responding well and he should be back before December meaning he will be able to travel to Abu Dhabi to play the Club World Cup.
And he will be in contention to face Barcelona on December 23 – a game that will go a long way to deciding if Real Madrid can catch the league leaders.
Madrid play neighbours Atletico at the weekend and Bale will definitely sit out the derby.
He could join the squad that goes to Cyprus to play Apoel three days later but failing that he could return for the visit of Malaga on November 25.
After Malaga, Madrid face Athletic Bilbao away before leaving for United Arab Emirates.
Bale has suffered 19 different injuries and missed 73 games since he has been at Madrid. ‘He is having a bad time of it,’ admitted team-mate Isco after the most recent set-back.