Gareth Bale will miss El Clasico on December 3 after Real Madrid confirmed he had damaged tendons in his right ankle. He is also certain to miss Real Madrid’s play-off with Borussia Dortmund for the top spot in their Champions League group.
The 27-year-old Wales international limped off just before the hour mark in Real’s 2-1 victory at Sporting Lisbon and medical tests have subsequently revealed damage to his peroneal tendons.
The official statement published on their website said Bale’s recovery “will continue to be assessed”, with the LaLiga derby meeting with Barcelona but it’s unlikely he can make the cut within that time.
Real’s statement on Bale’s injury quoted: ‘After the tests made today to our player Gareth Bale in the University Hospital Sanitas in La Moraleja we have diagnosed a traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons of his right ankle.’
There was no comeback date mentioned on the medical report, which added his return would depend on how he responded to rest. A three-week spell on the sidelines is now expected. And depending on his progress, doctors will assess whether he will require surgery or not which can sideline him for the rest of the year.
Bale has been influential for Madrid this season, performing with ease as Cristiano Ronaldo struggled with form and fitness problems post Euro 2016, scoring seven goals in 15 appearances across all competitions. The Welsh wizard recently also tied his future to the club with a bumper contract extension to 2022.
Zidane’s team are four points ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga and will play Sporting Gijon in the league on Saturday, before travelling to Barcelona for their first meeting of the season the following weekend.
Real are also second in Group F in the Champions League, two points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, and will look to fight their German rivals to top spot when the sides meet in Madrid for the final game of the group stages on Dec. 7, just three days after El Clasico.
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