Real Madrid have moved quickly to deny rumours published by Spanish newspaper Marca that star Gareth Bale has slipped a disc in his back.
Highly-regarded newspaper Marca claim the MRI scan on September 2, the day that Bale was officially presented to fans at the Bernabeu, detected a slipped disc in the back on the L5 -S1 vertebrae and a bulge on L4 -L5.
The article was headlined 'Bale's secret slips out', yet the newspaper also says that the injury is not currently giving him any trouble and will not prevent him playing for Los Blancos in the near future. However, it also stipulates he may need surgery later on down the line.
Bale has made just one start since his transfer on September 2, he found the net in his first game which was against Villarreal.
The Welshman has played twice since, however he has so far failed to make any real impact on the squad. Below is Real Madrid's full statement:
"In response to the information that the newspaper Marca has published today regarding the player Gareth Bale, Real Madrid would like to state the following:
"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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