Gareth Bale missed training on Thursday, Real Madrid have insisted that is not feeling the after-effects of an injury picked up on Tuesday night.
Bale came off in the last few minutes of Real’s 3-1 Champions League victory in midweek (a match in which he also scored a delightful opener) and with the Welsh forward nowhere to be seen at Thursday’s session, speculation has been mounting that his injury is more serious than the cramp it is being described as.
After the match, Real manager Zinedine Zidane didn’t seem overly concerned with Bale havign to come off:
“Gareth felt something small in his calf, but it was nothing important.”
while the a short update on Real Madrid’s website stated that both he and Cristiano Ronaldo were not present for the build-up to this weekend’s La Liga clash with Espanyol as they were using the indoor facilities.
It remains to be seen, however, if Bale does get the nod to play this Sunday, or indeed it is a bigger problem than Real have been letting on. Several Spanish media outlets have reported that he has been for tests on a potential calf injury, which could rule him out for a few gamess.
If he to miss the next few games for Real, then that wll surely have huge consequences for Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Ireland in Cardiff in early October. It seems almost certain that the winner of that match will claim second spot in that particular qualifying group (and possibly a playoff spot with it) and the loss of their star player would be a major loss for Chris Coleman’s side.
However, Bale was included in Coleman’s latest Wales squad on Thursday, so the manager evidently remains confident of being able to call upon his main man for their last two matches of the campaign.