Register Login Scores

International

Bale Injury Update

Gareth Bale is suffering from “muscle fatigue” in his thigh and is unlikely to play for Real Madrid for at least another week.

The world’s most expensive footballer was on a high last week, after realising his dream by playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs in the Uefa Champions League.

But a week is a long time in football as the saying goes, and just a few days later Bale was brought back to earth.

He was slated to make his second La Liga start for Los Blancos in their match against Getafe, but was forced to hobble out of the pre-match warm-up.

The club has now confirmed Bale’s plight, and manager Carlo Ancelotti has given his prognosis.

Madrid visit Elche on Wednesday, but Bale will not be part of the match day squad.

"After the tests carried out today on Gareth Bale at the Sanitas La Moraleja hospital, fatigue in the left thigh muscle was found. It will be treated," a statement read on Real’s official website.

"He had a small problem when he was warming up,” Ancelotti added.

"It's not an injury -- he just didn't feel comfortable. He is disappointed, because he was very excited to play. I don't know if Bale can play on Wednesday because it's difficult for a player to be ready in three days."

Real’s noisy neighbours Atletico are the next visitors to the Bernabeu for a mouth-watering Madrid derby at the weekend, and Ancelotti hopes to have Bale back by then.

"I think Bale will be ready for Saturday's match," he said. "We are working to improve Bale's fitness because he didn't have a good pre-season."

Read: Bale Delights In Dream Realisation

Read: Ronaldo Grabs Brace In Win Over Getafe

The Business Of Gareth Bale

Real Frustration For Injured Bale

13 comments

Top 5

Downs To Hijack Chiefs Deal?

218 Mar 29, 2021 10:53 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

10 Richest African Footballers In The World, Past & Present

7 Mar 11, 2021 07:19 PM in African Football

PSL Players Who Have Qualified For AFCON

16 Mar 29, 2021 11:59 AM in PSL

All Eight Teams To Have Qualified For CAFCL Quarters

117 Apr 10, 2021 11:30 PM in African Football

10 SA Players Silently Making Their Mark Abroad

Mar 29, 2021 01:54 PM in Players Abroad

All Eight Teams To Have Qualified For CAFCL Quarters

117 Apr 10, 2021 11:30 PM in African Football

Khan Urges Chiefs To Sign 'Underrated' Midfielder

43 Apr 11, 2021 12:59 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Tau Opens Up On PSL Return

86 Apr 12, 2021 03:06 PM in Players Abroad

Legend Looks! 10 Of Radabe’s Coolest IG Flexes

1 Apr 12, 2021 10:37 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

CAF QF Draw Explained, Who Will Downs & Chiefs Get?

223 Apr 11, 2021 09:35 AM in CAF Champions League

Nine Chiefs Players Not Going To AFCON

102 Mar 29, 2021 03:22 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Confirmed: Manyisa's Next Destination Revealed

47 Mar 30, 2021 04:00 PM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News