Real Madrid believe that the Bernabeu grass could be the reason behind Gareth Bale’s recent injury problems, according to The Sun.
Bale has been struggling with numerous muscle strains this season and has only played once under new manager Zinedine Zidane.
It’s believed that club specialists are struggling to understand the Welshman’s recent injuries and are investigating Bale’s muscle structure.
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However, they are also looking in detail at the Bernabeu pitch as they believe that it could be posing some major problems to the pacy winger.
Last summer, the Bernabeu club changed to a brand new part-grass, part-artificial pitch which was imported from Italy. There are fears that this unique turf could be the underlying issue behind Bale’s injuries.
Bale has reported muscle injuries after numerous home matches this season and the club are willing to consider the possibility of the pitch being the problem.
The world’s most expensive player first encountered these issues at the Bernabeu in September when he limped off after 29 minutes of the Champions League clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.
One month later, Bale was withdrawn at half-time through injury during Madrid’s 3-0 home victory over Levante.
The former Tottenham man has only played 17 matches in all competitions for Los Blancos this campaign and limped off during his previous appearance in Madrid’s win against Sporting Gijon at the start of January with a calf injury.
If Madrid’s pitch is the reason why Bale has been suffering with muscle injuries then it will be interesting to see how Zidane deals with it. By only playing him in away matches, perhaps?
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