Fitness boost for Madrid’s Bale
Posted: 5 October 2017 Time: 11:31
Gareth Bale has received a boost to his fitness hopes after it was revealed he had a swollen calf muscle and not a tear, as first feared.
The Wales international suffered the injury in the 3-1 UEFA Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund towards the end of September and was subsequently left out of last weekend’s 2-0 La Liga win over Espanyol.
The midfielder was, however, still allowed to join up with Wales for 2018 World Cup qualifying action, although team doctors ruled the winger out of contention for the crucial clashes against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland.
The Welshman subsequently returned to Madrid where further assessments took place, with the Galacticos confirming the diagnosis on their official website: “After tests carried out on our player Gareth Bale, he has been diagnosed with swelling without a tear in the calf muscle in his left leg.”
The news means Bale should still miss the October 14 clash against Getafe but he could return in time for the mouth-watering Champions League tie against Tottenham at the Santiago Bernabeu.