Gareth Bale looks set to return to La Liga action against Malaga on Saturday in preparation for Real Madrid's Champions League match with Juventus next week.

Bale has made just one start since his £86million move from Tottenham in the summer but Real president Florentino Perez denied his record buy faces a long injury lay-off with a back problem.

But Sportsmail can reveal that Real are taking no chances with their massive outlay on the world's most expensive player paying £3.8m a year in insurance premiums to protect their investment.

Bale trained apart from his team-mates on Tuesday and Perez told a Spanish radio station: 'Gareth is calm and ready waiting to play on Saturday.

'Everyone knows that because he didn't have a good pre-season he suffered from muscle fatigue in the thigh. He is training well and wants to play and show that all this is just something over nothing.

'Bale is fit to play and wants to show that he is fine. All of the doctors have made it clear that a small disc bulge is relatively common in elite footballers.

'Not all athletes have scans so not all of those who have these disc bulges know they have them. Elite athletes suffer more with the back and can handle it but this is something normal.

'A big deal has been made out of something normal. The player himself and those around him are concerned because they have contracts and campaigns that this could affect.'

Given the enormous outlay the Spanish giants made to take Bale to the Bernabeu Real have ensured they are covered should his career be blighted by injury.