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Bale suffered a muscle tear in his right hamstring during a training session last Saturday and subsequently missed the games against Celta Vigo and Inter Milan.

The former Santos, Brazil and New York Cosmos player had a tumor removed on Sept. 4 and has been in and out of the intensive care unit at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo in the days since.

Nantes had lost their previous three league games without scoring while their hosts could have moved to within a point of leaders Paris Saint-Germain with a fourth win of the campaign, but as unlikely as it seemed Les Canaris soon took the game in hand.

The towering Nigeria centre-forward was linked with West Ham United last season and has been touted to Liverpool by Genk chief Dimitri de Conde.

The Red Devils suffered a 2-1 loss to Young Boys in their opening group-stage fixture on Tuesday, but West Ham started their Europa League challenge with an impressive 2-0 success away to Dinamo Zagreb.

The hosts played out a 2-2 draw with Rennes in the Europa Conference League in midweek, whereas Chelsea started their Champions League defence with a 1-0 success over Zenit St Petersburg.

The Foxes are currently ninth in the table with six points to show from their four matches, while Brighton occupy sixth, having picked up nine points from their first four fixtures of the 2021-22 campaign.