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Gareth Bale given new nickname by Spanish media after 22nd injury at Real Madrid

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Gareth Bale's time at Real Madrid has been full of ups and downs.

Since joining the club in 2013, the Welshman has won La Liga once, the Champions League four times and scored many important goals.

His incredible solo effort against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final will live long in the memory, as will his bicycle kick in last year's Champions League final with Liverpool.

However, there's still a sense amongst fans that Bale hasn't lived up his potential since joining Real for a then-world-world fee of £85m.

He was once tipped to succeed Cristiano Ronaldo, but injuries and inconsistent form have prevented that from happening.

Bale has spent a lot of his time in Spain on the sidelines and he suffered yet another injury - this time to his calf - during Thursday's 2-2 draw away to Villarreal.

Manager Santiago Solari replaced the 29-year-old at half-time for Isco and said after the game that he hopes the injury isn't serious.

"We think the injury is not too serious," said Solari, per Sky Sports. "He will go through tests today and we all hope he is back with us quickly."

Villarreal CF v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Bale's latest injury setback is his 22nd since joining Los Blancos five-and-a-half years ago, which is a pretty abysmal record.

His wretched history of injuries has been a cause of frustration in Madrid and now Spanish newspaper AS have given him a new nickname: Mr Glass.

Check out Sunday's edition below.

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Ouch. This is a new low for Bale and his relationship with the Spanish media, who have probably had enough of writing about the Wales international's injuries.

It's hardly Bale's fault that he's so injury prone, but in Ronaldo's absence Real haven't been able to rely on him and that's become a problem.

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