Football: Record-signing Gareth Bale fit for Madrid derby, says Real coach Ancelotti

Real Madrid`s Gareth Bale during the Uefa Champions League group football match between Galatasaray and Real Madrid at the TT Arena Stadium on Sept 17, 2013. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Bale will be fit to finally m
Real Madrid`s Gareth Bale during the Uefa Champions League group football match between Galatasaray and Real Madrid at the TT Arena Stadium on Sept 17, 2013. Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Bale will be fit to finally make his home debut for the club in the Madrid derby against Atletico on Saturday, Sept 28, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Gareth Bale will be fit to finally make his home debut for the club in the Madrid derby against Atletico on Saturday.

Bale was due to make his bow at the Santiago Bernabeu in Sunday's 4-1 win over Getafe, but had to withdraw from the match after pulling up with a slight thigh strain in the warm-up.

The Welshman, who joined Madrid earlier this month for a reported world record fee, will however not be in Ancelotti's squad to take on Elche on Wednesday evening to make sure he is ready for Real's biggest game of the season to date at the weekend.

"He began to train individually yesterday and I don't think there will be any problems for the game on Saturday," Ancelotti told a press conference on Tuesday.

"He won't be included tomorrow because we have to prepare him well for Saturday. He wasn't happy after the game on Sunday, but his mood has changed quickly because he has begun to think about Saturday's match."