Gareth Bale has been ruled out of Real Madrid’s upcoming matches against Real Valladolid and Real Zaragoza after tests confirmed the Wales international picked up a sprained ankle in the Copa del Rey win over Unionistas de Salamanca.
The 30-year-old scored the opening goal of the game but was forced off shortly after half time at the Pistas del Helmántico, with an own goal from Juan Francisco Góngora Mateo and Brahim Díaz’s late strike booking Real Madrid’s place in the next round of the Copa del Rey.
Bale was sent for tests on his ankle after the match and Marca have confirmed that the Wales international picked up a slight sprain on his ankle.
He’ll miss Real Madrid’s trip to Valladolid on Sunday, while it’s also expected that Bale will be given an extra game’s rest in midweek against Real Zaragoza.
Bale’s two-game absence will only be precautionary on Real Madrid’s part, as they’re hopeful that he’ll be able to return to Zinedine Zidane’s squad in time for El Derbi Madrileño on February 1.
The Welshman has only made 15 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring three goals and picking up two assists in the process.
Even when Bale’s been fit he’s dropped in and out of the starting lineup at Real Madrid throughout the season, often missing out on a place in the first eleven to 19-year-old winger Rodrygo.
Bale still has a contract at the Santiago Bernabéu until 2022, but the Wales international has been heavily linked with a move away from Real Madrid much sooner.
He was most recently linked with a move back to Tottenham Hotspur following an ’emergency meeting’ between chairmans Daniel Levy and Florentino Pérez, although those reports showed very little evidence of being anything other than pure fantasy.
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