"We will see, so I don't know yet if he will be for the Clasico".
If Real beat Borussia Dortmund in two weeks at the Santiago Bernabeu, they will top the Champions League group, but that fixture is just three days after their El Clasico encounter.
"The good thing is we didn't give up", said a relieved Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.
Bale has been influential for Madrid this season, performing easily as Cristiano Ronaldo struggled with form and fitness problems post Euro 2016, scoring seven goals in 15 appearances across all competitions. After he went off they lost their advantage to a penalty, but a late victor from Karim Benzema secured the 2-1 result. "We are going to play a final against Dortmund now". "I am happy for him and the team as a whole".
The affection shown may even have had an effect on the normally ruthless Ronaldo as for the first time in four meetings against Sporting he failed to find the net.
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After an intense Sporting start buoyed by a boisterous atmosphere, the holders slowly grabbed a stranglehold of the game and went in front on 29 minutes when Luka Modric's low free-kick was deflected into Varane's path and the French worldwide swept home his third goal of the season.
They also collided on the pitch during a typically heated 90-minute exchange that saw the pair go head-to-head late in the match, with Ronaldo's performance in the match doing the talking for him as his hat-trick ensured Real remain top of La Liga.
In the process of claiming for the foul, Coentrao handled it himself to concede the penalty Adrien Silva scored in the 80th minute.
Sporting's Joao Pereira was sent off in the 64th with a straight red after an altercation with Madrid's Mateo Kovacic.
The Portugal worldwide threw up his hands up to appeal for handball against Sporting's on-loan Arsenal forward Joel Campbell.
Real defender Raphael Varane, however, said they were fully focused on topping the group.