Things haven’t exactly gone to plan for Real Madrid and Gareth Bale so far this season.
Despite Bale being the newest jewel in the Galacticos shining crown, Los Blancos have struggled for form in La Liga this season and are already five points behind joint leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid after this weekend’s derby defeat to the latter.
Bale would not have been hoping to begin life as the world’s most expensive player by playing in just three games for his new team so far this season. After scoring on his debut, Bale has struggled to maintain match fitness, and Real Madrid have confirmed he will miss Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Copenhagen.
Perhaps rather worryingly for Real Madrid and Bale is the fact Madrid’s medical staff have admitted they do not know how long Bale may be out for.
Bale has been diagnosed with muscle contracture in his left thigh. Muscle contracture results in stiffness that can limit movement of the affected area.
The condition could have been caused by Bale’s relative lack of playing time; the Welshman missed pre-season with Tottenham as question marks over his future loomed over him.
Upon making his move to Madrid, Bale was thrown in at the deep end, in a different climate, with a hefty price tag to justify.
A statement on Real Madrid’s 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.”
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