first_img Reuters MadridJanuary 5, 2019UPDATED: January 5, 2019 19:58 IST The injury rules Gareth Bale out of Madrid’s Liga games against Real Sociedad and Real Betis (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSGareth Bale sustained a calf injury during Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal in La Liga on ThursdayBale has been injured over 20 times since he joined Real Madrid in 2013Bale has scored only four goals in the league this seasonReal Madrid forward Gareth Bale’s rotten run of injuries has continued with the club confirming in a medical report on Saturday that the Wales international had suffered a calf strain which is set to rule him out of action for up to a month.The 29-yer-old Bale, Real’s record signing, sustained the injury during Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal in La Liga on Thursday and asked to be substituted at half-time.Real’s statement on their website said Bale had a grade one injury but did not give details on when they expected him to return to action, although reports in the Spanish media said he would be out for between two and four weeks.The injury definitely rules Bale out of Madrid’s Liga games against Real Sociedad and Real Betis in addition to the two Copa del Rey last-16 games against Leganes this month.He also risks missing a crunch match on Jan. 19 at home to high-flying Sevilla, who are two points above Real in the table.Bale has enjoyed better fortune with injuries than in previous campaigns since joining Real from Tottenham Hotspur for a then world record fee of 100 million euros ($113.93 million).He has been widely criticised in the Spanish media for his meagre goal tally, though, with four strikes in 15 Liga games, and for failing to fill the void left in Madrid’s attack by all-time top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.Also Read | Predrag Mijatovic criticises Gareth Bale for lacking leadership qualitiesAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Gareth BaleFollow Real Madrid Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale sidelined with calf injuryGareth Bale sustained a calf injury during Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Villarreal in La Liga on Thursday and asked to be substituted at half-time.advertisementlast_img

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