Real Madrid have rubbished claims from Spanish media that Gareth Bale has suffered a slipped-disc in his back.

Madrid based newspaper Marca claimed that the world record signing will be ruled out for months after suffering a serious injury setback.

Bale has started just once for the Galaticos since arriving from Tottenham Hotspur for a record £85m deal.

"The information published, claiming that the player has a slipped disc on the vertebrae, is completely false," Madrid said in a statement.

Marca claim the MRI scan on 2 September - the day of Bale's official presentation at the Bernabeu - detected a slipped disc in the back on the L5 -S1 vertebrae and a bulge on L4-L5.

The Spanish publisher went onto claim that the injury may require surgery which would keep the Welshman on the sidelines for the foreseeable future.

Madrid published a full statement on their official website which read as follows;

"The information published, claiming that the player has a slipped disc on the L5-S1 vertebrae and a bulge on two others, is completely false.

"The player does not have a slipped disc, as the club's medical services stated clearly to the newspaper before the information was published. Surprisingly, the version the doctors offered this media outlet on Thursday 10 October has been omitted.

"The player Gareth Bale has a small chronic disc bulge, which is extremely common among football players and by no means prevents him from carrying out his professional activity normally."

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