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

December 7, 2013

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.

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