Padraig Whelan

No Bale as Rodrygo returns for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad

After his controversial midweek antics, Gareth Bale is unsurprisingly not part of the Real Madrid starting XI against Real Sociedad.

Rodrygo starts on the right for Los Blancos, while Luka Modrić and Ferland Mendy retain their places, despite speculation they would drop to the bench.

The in-form Martin Ødegaard is permitted to play against his parent club and unsurprisingly takes his place in the visitors’ line-up.