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Bale Out a Month, Will Miss Real’s Semifinals Against Atleti

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Real Madid star Gareth Bale out a month with calf muscle injury

Madrid, Spain – Real Madid star Gareth Bale out a month with calf muscle injury. The Welshman will miss both legs of the team’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Atletico Madrid.

Real Madrid confirmed on their official website the Bale “has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury in his left calf” and that his “recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Bale was taken off the pitch after lasting just over half an hour on Sunday’s Clasico at the Bernabeu. Despite not fully recovering from an ankle injury, Zinedine Zidane lined him up to be a starter. Perhaps the biggest mistake made by Real’s boss.

Furthermore, Real will host their city rivals in Champions League on May 2. Closing the second leg at the Vicente Calderon on May 10. Both matches, Bale will have to watch from the stands.

Sadly for Bale, these injury problems are becoming a recurring theme. Bale’s latest injury was his 17th since joining Real Madrid, according to AS. Additionally, eight of the injuries were suffered in his calves (six on the left and two on the right). It’s also worth saying, Bale underwent surgery in November and spent three months recovering from an ankle injury.

Bale Injury Woes

He won the Champions League, the Copa del Rey and the World Club Cup in his first season scoring key goals in all of the finals. His Copa del Rey final winner, running from the halfway line, was one of the best in the club’s history but far from cementing his place in the affections of supporters he then endured a rough next season. As a matter of fact, he was hugely instrumental in another Champions League win last season with an exceptional performance in the final.

 Some reports indicate Bale will be out at least three weeks. Although this may be true, There is still time for him to return for Madrid’s final three matches in the league and play a major part in Cardiff.

But if that is not the case, then the criticism will continue to grow, for Bale. To a larger extent, even for Zidane, for picking him when he was clearly not fit to play.

Bale will be missed but if he’s not 100 per cent, Zidane will have to look at Isco, Marco Asensio and James to replace him.