Bale injury a blow for Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti hailed the spirit his Real Madrid side showed to come from behind to beat Valencia 2-1 in La Liga, but also confirmed another injury blow for Gareth Bale.
Late strikes from Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema helped Real claim all three points at the Mestalla, with the result moving the Madrid giants top of La Liga and leaving them priced at 10/11 to regain the title this season - with Atletico priced at 5/2.
It's difficult to gauge the amount of time he is going to be on the sidelines.Carlo Ancelotti
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It had looked like being a disappointing evening for Los Blancos, as Hugo Duro's strike midway through the second half had handed Valencia the advantage.
However, Vinicius drew Real level with four minutes remaining before Benzema struck his sixth goal of the season to ensure the points were returning to the Spanish capital.
Ancelotti still unbeaten
Ancelotti has yet to taste defeat since returning to the Real dugout this summer and he was quick to praise the spirit his side showed during their latest victory.
"We didn't win today as a result of our quality, it was down to the team's unbreakable spirit," the Italian told reporters. "We kept a cool head and kept going right until the end."
Ancelotti rues Bale setback
The news was not all positive for Real, as Ancelotti confirmed prior to the match that Bale faces a spell on the sidelines with what the Italian has described as an "important" hamstring injury.
Bale sustained the problem in the build up to Los Blancos' victory over Celta Vigo earlier this month, with Ancelotti now admitting he does not know when the Wales international will be able to return.
"It's an important injury," Ancelotti confirmed. "It's difficult to gauge the amount of time he is going to be on the sidelines."