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Gareth Bale to miss Champions League derby: out for a month

The Welshman has suffered a grade two injury to his left calf muscle, one that the player has had several problems with before. He may be back just in time for the Cardiff final
Real Madrid - Alavés: LaLiga 2017-18

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale down injured
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Gareth Bale will be absent for three to four weeks after the Real Madrid medical team confirmed on Tuesday that the player suffered a grade two injury to his left calf. This means that the Welshman will miss both Champions League semi-finals against Atlético Madrid but will be hopeful of making himself available for the final which takes place in Cardiff on 3 June.

Bale injured.
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Bale injured.

Bale not able to shatter the 'glass man' tag

Madrid's number 11 had to be substituted in the 35th minute of Sunday's Clásico against Barcelona after a recurrence of an injury to his right ankle. The new problem with his calf is the eighth he has suffered to date, six in the left leg and two in the right. Since joining Los Blancos the forward has had 17 injuries.

All Bale's injuries (click to expand)
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All Bale's injuries (click to expand)AS

Strength for El Clásico

After missing out on the two games prior to the title rivalry against Barcelona - away to Sporting and the return leg in the quarter final against Bayern Munich - Bale was keen to play in the biggest domestic club match in the world and his manager, Zinedine Zidane, willing to play him, despite medical advice stating that it would be a risk. It was clear from the first half an hour that the speedy, physical player was not at the races in the way that he has shown himself in the past.

Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, says he'd never take risks with a player's health.
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Real Madrid coach, Zinedine Zidane, says he'd never take risks with a player's health.ZipiEFE

No risk taking for Zidane

Zidane though was clear, amid accusations that Real Madrid presdident Florentino Pérez could be an influencing factor in the continued presence whenever possible, of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano, that he wouldn't take risks.

“I would never risk a footballer who was not 100%”, he has said repeatedly.

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