Gareth Bale to be sacked ‘prolonged’ after suffering a right hamstring injury during Real Madrid training…dealing Wales a huge blow to World Cup qualifiers
- Gareth Bale missed Real Madrid’s win over Celta Vigo on Sunday night
- MARCA claims hamstring problem is ‘long-term’ after tests on Monday
- The 32-year-old would earn his 100th cap for Wales in next month’s qualifier
- Wales will meet the Czech Republic and Estonia in World Cup qualifiers next month
Gareth Bale has reportedly suffered a ‘long-term’ hamstring injury after undergoing tests on Monday morning.
The 32-year-old was absent from Real Madrid’s squad on Sunday night for their 5-2 win over Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu.
And MARCA claim his absence was due to an injury sustained during the club’s final training session before the game on Saturday.
Gareth Bale reportedly suffered a ‘long-term’ hamstring injury during Real Madrid training
The news comes as a blow to Wales, for whom Bale would earn his 100th cap next month
Footage then circulated online of the Welshman limping with a bandage wrapped around his right thigh after training.
The news comes as a blow to both his club and his country, especially given that the former Tottenham star would earn his 100th cap next month when Robert Page’s men face the Czech Republic in a World Cup qualifier.
Wales will also be playing an away game against Estonia three days after their visit to Prague, so will be sweating with Bale’s fitness ahead of a crucial international break in their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar.
Page’s side is third in the Group E qualifying group, level with the Czechs, some nine points behind leaders Belgium.
The 32-year-old missed Madrid’s crushing win over Celta Vigo . on Sunday night
Los Blancos, meanwhile, also face the prospect of going six games without Bale in the next three weeks, including four LaLiga games and two Champions League games.
Ancelotti’s men will face Serie A champions Inter Milan in Europe on Wednesday, before facing high-flying Valencia and Europa League winners Villarreal in the competition before the end of the month.
It is just the latest setback for Bale, who was eliminated three times last season during his Spurs loan spell.
Bale had started the season well and scored the exciting 3-3 draw against Levante in August
He was missing for 40 days with a knee problem, followed by another 10 days due to illness and another 18 days due to another muscle injury.
His absence from Sunday’s win on Real Madrid’s return to the refurbished Bernabeu means he has now missed 102 games through injury during his time at the club.
Bale had started the season strong, scoring in the thrilling 3-3 draw at Levante last month.
He then continued that rebound in form in the last international break, scoring a hat-trick in the 3-2 win over Belarus in the World Cup qualifier.
Bale followed that in the last international break with a hat-trick against Belarus