Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Real Madrid’s Champions League to Liverpool and is also a major doubt for the upcoming El Clasico.
Bale was an unused substitute during Real Madrid’s 5-0 win over Levante on Saturday after picking up a gluteal muscle injury while on Wales duty last week. After the victory on Saturday, Carlo Ancelotti said that the winger’s injury will be evaluated in the coming days.
He said, “[Bale] had a problem in his glute.
“He wasn’t comfortable so we preferred to not risk it for this game and we will evaluate it in the next few days. He wasn’t left out due to rotation.
“We now have a few days to evaluate the situation with Bale, Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and all those that were out for this game.
“I think we are arriving well into this week. We had a difficult game to prepare here, but we played very well and seriously. We were very concentrated and it all went well.
“Now we have time to, firstly, recover some players, and then think about the game on Wednesday.”
According to Sky Sports reporter Guillem Balague, the explosive winger is set to miss at least the next two games which means that the winger may not feature in the El Clasico clash on Saturday.
As reported in @SkySports, Gareth Bale injured: will miss at least the next two games, Liverpool and FC Barcelona. Bale se pierde el Clásico
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) October 20, 2014
Real Madrid’s official website also confirmed the news of Bale’s injury.
“After tests carried out on Gareth Bale by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical services, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right pyramidalis muscle. His progress will be monitored.” Read the medical report.
The news is a big blow for Carlo Ancelotti as Real Madrid gear up to face some testy opponents in the coming weeks.
It is believed that Bale injured himself while fulfilling his International duty during Wale’s 2-1 win over Cyprus last week. Bale played the full 90 minutes in both of Wales’ Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus.
This season, Bale has started 12 games so far for Real Madrid, only missing out the recent league clash against Levante.
The news of Bale’s injury comes as a huge boost for Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool, but the home side will have to be on their toes in their attempts to contain the likes of Benzema, James Rodriguez and Ronaldo.
After an impressive performance against Levante, Isco is expected to start the game in the absence of Bale.