Gareth Bale has suffered a setback to his calf injury after training on sand, according to Marca.
Last week, it was reported that Real Madrid chiefs were investigating the possibility of the Bernabeu grass causing muscular injuries to their winger.
The Welshman had been instructed to train on the sand with Madrid’s medical staff in an attempt to aid his rehabilitation ahead of Madrid’s Champions League last-16 clash with Roma next week.
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However, the idea appears to have the opposite effect with the club now cursing the sand for injuring Bale, rather than grass.
Although the extent of the setback isn’t yet known, it’s highly unlikely that Bale will feature at the Stadio Olimpico next week.
Last summer, the Bernabeu club changed to a brand new part-grass, part-artificial pitch which was imported from Italy.
Bale has reported many muscle injuries after home matches this season and the club are willing to consider the possibility of the pitch being the problem.
A video of Gareth Bale training on sand can be found below:
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One month later, Bale was withdrawn at half-time through injury during Madrid’s 3-0 home victory over Levante.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.