Carlo Ancelotti gives discouraging news regarding Gareth Bale injury
Gareth Bale set to miss El Clasico
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is set to be without Welsh winger Gareth Bale as Los Blancos will be made to clash with bitter rivals Barcelona in the first installment of El Clasico this season without the former Tottenham stalwart.
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Bale sustained an injury in training and subsequently missed both Madrid fixtures against Celta Vigo and Inter Milan in the last week, and though no timetable has been provided, it is suspected that he could be out for up to two months after rupturing ligaments in his hamstring.
If true, the long-time Madrid winger will miss the La Liga giants first league meeting with Barcelona on 24 October at the Camp Nou, but for the moment, Ancelotti remains unable to give details;
“We don’t know how much time he needs, the injury is pretty serious and it is hard to give a time. He was doing quite well, he was working hard, we have to wait.” [quote via Goal]
A blossoming career riddled with injuries in Madrid
The world was once at Gareth Bale’s fingertips when he was still donning the white and navy blue kit of Tottenham ten years ago.
After a true breakout season in 2010-11, Bale reached otherworldly heights at White Hart Lane between 2011-13, making 69-appearances in the Premier League while smashing an astounding 31-goals and 23-assists in just two seasons.
Bale was unquestionably one of the most feared attacking players in England, and his first season in the Spanish capital did not disappoint either after he registered a combined 22-goals and 19-assists in 44-appearances across all competitions.
🚨 | This is Gareth Bale’s 24th injury since joining Real Madrid in 2013. @diarioas
— RMadridHome (@RMadridHome) September 18, 2021
But a susceptibility to injury that began to rear its ugly head years before at Spurs had gone into overdrive after his move to Spain, and to date, the iconic Welsh international has missed roughly 100-matches for Madrid starting in the 2013-14 season.
Though hardly viewed as a vital piece of the puzzle at the Bernabeu, one cannot help but feel that Europe has been stripped of the opportunity of witnessing a brilliant career that has been denied a real chance to propel a Welshman into the top echelon of the European pantheon for the first time since Ian Rush.