Speaking ahead of Real Madrida s fixture against Granada, manager Rafael Benitez revealed that he was uncertain as to when Gareth Bale would return from injury. The manager also singled out Cristiano Ronaldo and Keylor Navas for praise after the duoa s stellar start to the season.

Gareth Bale suffered a calf injury during Real Madrida s Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk and is reported to be sidelined for a few weeks.

Wea re optimistic as ita s a minor injury

Promoted to the No.10 role under Rafa Benitez, Gareth Bale is likely to miss the fixture against Granada, Athletic Bilbao and Malaga as he attempts to recover in time for the Madrid derby. As reported by AS, Benitez refused to speculate as to when the Welshman would return from injury.

“We dona t know if Bale will be out for two or three weeks, wea re optimistic as ita s a minor injury.a

Benitez also revealed that he wouldna t hesitate to get in touch with the Wales national team who will be counting on Gareth Balea s timely return in order to secure a spot in the Euro 2016.

a Thata s hypothetical. I dona t know if he will be out for two or three weeks. I know the Welsh national team coach and could call him, but they have their interests and we have oursa .

I hope Ronaldo helps the rest of the squad to win titles

The manager also spoke highly about Cristiano Ronaldo, claiming that Real Madrida s chances of winning silverware rested on the Portuguesea s able shoulders.

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“I hope he helps the rest of the squad to win titles, as with any other outstanding player.

a I always speak to him. The players know they have the freedom to move in the forward line as long as they coordinate this amongst themselves. The team has balance and also they help out in defensive tasks.”

"I hope he helps the rest of the squad to win titles, as with any other outstanding player."

“I hope he helps the rest of the squad to win titles, as with any other outstanding player.”

The manager also singled out Keylor Navas for praise, saying that the goalkeeper has been sensational for the team after managing to achieve 4 straight consecutive clean sheets, a club record at Real Madrid.

a I feel he has been sensational, as has the rest of the team. Hea s made some great saves and hea s managed to achieve a new club record which is never easy. It means that he and the team are doing wella .