MADRID: Real Madrid’s Wales winger and record signing Gareth Bale has a muscle strain in his left thigh, the La Liga club said yesterday.
Real did not say how long Bale, who became the world’s most expensive player when he joined from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of €100m euros ($135m) in the close season, will be sidelined for.
He is likely to miss Saturday’s La Liga game at Levante and may not be able to join up with Wales for their World Cup qualifiers at home to Macedonia on October 11 and away to Belgium four days later.
Bale played the second half of Real’s 1-0 league defeat at home to Atletico Madrid last weekend but was unable to train on Tuesday and was left out of the squad for the Champions League Group B match at home to FC Copenhagen yesterday.
He had been due to play his first game at the Bernabeu against Getafe the previous weekend but was withdrawn from the starting lineup.
Real beat Turkish side Galatasaray 6-1 in their opening match in Europe. REUTERS