Gareth Bale to Miss Champions League Semi-Final Due to Calf Injury

Real Madrid have confirmed that Gareth Bale is set for a significant time on the sidelines following his latest injury.

The club’s record signing had to go off from the El Clasico with a calf injury. This has been rated as quite a severe injury at Grade Two. He was unable to prevent Real Madrid from suffering a 3-2 loss against Barcelona in the game. This result has reopened the La Liga title race. It has been a very disappointing season from Bale, who has managed to make only 17 starts in the league this season. Even though he has scored seven goals and created to assist for his teammates, it is far less a contribution expected from a £ 85 million player.

Bale has been injured for much of the campaign. Unlike other injuries, he has been suffering from niggling injuries that have had a stop and start effect of the 2016-17 campaign. The latest calf injury is the fourth different problem that he has suffered the season. As a result, he has missed 27 games in all competitions this season. He has spent a whopping 119 days unavailable due to injuries.

The club have now confirmed that the player will be unavailable for the upcoming Champions League semi-final clash with the rivals Atletico Madrid. This is a major blow for the club, who have seen Cristiano Ronaldo suffer from bouts of low form this season.

“Following tests, the player has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury in his left calf. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” said a statement from Madrid. After losing the three-point advantage over the summer, the club will be disappointed to miss out on the title after having led the division for so long. Real Madrid have not won the league since the 2012 campaign when they were coached by Jose Mourinho.