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Bale injury cause for concern over Madrid trip to Valencia

English.news.cn   2013-12-18 19:59:56            

MADRID, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid are holding their breath waiting for further news of what could be a further injury setback for star signing Gareth Bale.

Bale missed the first month of the season as a result of match fitness and then a thigh strain as he raced to get into condition as quickly as possible to start justifying his massive price tag of close to 100 million euros.

The winger has been in good form or late, although he was ineffective in last week's Champions League tie away to Copenhagen, while he was substituted after just 55 minutes of Saturday's 2-2 draw away to Osasuna.

Now, he looks to have suffered another injury after the club reported he "suffered a knock from a companion on his left calf" during a training ground.

Without going into details, the club added the injury was "depending on its evolution," which gives very little away, but the fact Bale was seen leaving Real Madrid's training ground at Valdebebas on crutches has given cause for alarm.

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted there was a problem in his pre-game press conference ahead of Wednesday's return leg of the Copa del Rey against third tier side Xativa.

Although the coach was optimistic Bale would be available for Madrid's difficult trip to play Valencia on Sunday, the winger has just five days to recover and given his game is based on explosive pace, the club may decide to rest him.

Real Madrid will already be without injured central defender Rafael Varene and the suspended Pepe and Sergio Ramos for the Valencia game, although the club hope that the red card Ramos saw against Osasuna on Saturday will be overturned on appeal.

Bale had played 11 consecutive matches before missing the first leg of the Copa del Rey as the result of an attack of the flu and had won over the doubters by scoring 8 goals in the process.

However, he is a player with a history of muscle problems and his club will be hoping the calf problem is not serious.

Meanwhile Valencia remain without a coach after Monday's sacking of Miroslav Djukic. The club had hoped to lure San Lorenzo coach Juan Antonio Pizzi turned down the offer to move to Spain after leading his club to the Toreo Apertura in Argentina.

Valencia could now look to former Athletic Club Bilbao coach, Marcelo Bielsa, although whether or not Bielsa would be tempted to join a club in financial and organizational turmoil is open to doubt.

Editor: Shen Qing
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