Gareth Bale suffers Real Madrid injury heartache and is out of Santiago Bernabeu return

Bale returned from international duty in full fitness but a recurring muscle pain has led to him being ruled out of this weekend’s La Liga return to Real Madrid’s home

Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Real Madrid’s big homecoming at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium after sustaining a muscular injury.

The Welshman had been enjoying a revival at the club having started all three La Liga matches to date for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this season.

Bale is back in the Spanish capital following a season-long loan spell at Tottenham and his resurgence at the club was an unexpected redemption story after his spell appeared to be over.

He had been included from the start in each of Ancelotti’s three matches at the helm, while he also started each of last week’s World Cup qualification matches for Wales.

Indeed, the forward netted a hat-trick for his nation in the victory at Belarus but was unable to find the net in a disappointing scoreless draw at home to Estonia.

Sunday’s clash for Madrid against Celta Vigo was their first match back at the Santiago Bernabeu in 559 days – a run dating back to early March 2020, before the Covid pandemic brought football across Europe to a halt.

Reports in Spain suggest that he returned to the club this week from international duty in full fitness but that he subsequently began to suffer muscular discomfort in his right leg.


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