Ultimately, he has decided not to gamble on Bale's fitness, with the former Tottenham star's plight also of interest to Wales boss Chris Coleman, whose squad face pivotal World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland over the next week eight days.
"I see him in good shape, I see that he is happy and focused", said Zidane at his pre-match media conference after being asked about a Ronaldo renewal. "It's muscle fatigue, but we don't like to take any risks", the coach added.
The global break may be seen as well-timed for Real in that regard, giving Zidane a fortnight to reassess their start to the campaign ahead of their trip to Getafe on October 14.
"We want to keep doing what we've been doing and to win well", he said. We know that even though we have the best players that does not mean we can win every game by three or four goals. Oscar Duarte remains out injured with a long-term injury, although Javi Fuego is back from sickness and can feature alongside Sergi Darder in midfield.
Los Blancos' poor start to the season under Zinedine Zidane has not gone unnoticed by the Spanish press, although there seems to be plenty of calm within the Madrid squad.
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OPEC and its partners are considering extending the reduction agreement to beyond March 2018 when it is due to expire. Nigeria will be prepared to cap its crude production when it has stabilised at 1.8 million barrels per day, he said .
Keylor Navas came to Real's rescue after 51 minutes as he produced a fine save to deny Navarro from equalising.
On the field there was far less conflict as Real eased to an 11th consecutive win over Barcelona-based Espanyol for their first home league win of the season.
The Spain global was the star of the show and netted either side of half-time, but again Real looked to be lacking their usual bite, even with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo in the starting lineup for the third straight league game.