Real Madrid have officially confirmed that Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with muscle contracture in his left thigh, and the Spanish side are unsure how long he will be out for.

A short statement on their official website read: "After the tests carried out today, the player Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with a muscle contracture in his left thigh. It remains to be seen how the condition develops."

The 24-year-old midfielder transferred to Real Madrid from Tottenham this summer, for a world record £85m fee.

The Welshman has since made four appearances at the club, scoring one of the two goals that saw Carlo Ancelotti's side draw 2-2 with Villarreal in the Spanish Primera Liga in September.

Real Madrid face FC Copenhagen in the Group B Champions League play-offs tonight, as they attempt to bounce back from their derby defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Ståle Solbakken, Copenhagen manager, has said he is going for the glory tonight, but expects it to be a tough match.

Speaking to he said: "My goal is to get the maximum amount of points from our group.

"We will have to adapt to Madrid's speed, that's important. It will be difficult to keep up with the speed and momentum of the game – we saw that against Juventus after 45 minutes.

"My players are very experienced and are in the right frame of mind. For Madrid it's important to win this match especially after they lost in the Liga. They need to recover and show what they can do."

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