The bad injury streak of Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale has continued, with the club confirming in a medical report on Saturday that the Wales international had suffered an injury to his soleus that will leave him off the pitch for up to a month.
The 29-year-old suffered an injury during Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal de La Liga on Thursday and asked to be replaced at half-time.
The Madrid press release on their website said Bale had a grade one injury but did not give details about when they expected him to return, although Spanish media reports said he will be well between two and four weeks.
The injury definitely eliminates Bale from the League matches against Real Sociedad and Real Betis, in addition to the two King’s Cup Round of 16 matches against Leganés this month.
He also runs the risk of missing a decisive match on 19 January at home to Sevilla, who are two points above Real in the table.
Bale has enjoyed better luck with injuries than in previous seasons since joining Tottenham Hotspur’s Real Madrid for 100 million euros.
However, he has been heavily criticized in the Spanish media for his poor scoring ability this season, with four goals in 15 league games, and for not having filled the void left in Madrid’s attack by the departure to Juventus of the team’s all-time top scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo.