The mystery surrounding Gareth Bale's fitness
Gareth Bale is injured. This is the version of events being reported in the United Kingdom paying attention to the news coming from the player's camp. This is a sensitive matter as the Welshman cannot carry out his line of work with the required level of efficiency given that an issue affecting a part of his body his holding him back.
One can understand the level of doubts at club level as Real Madrid have yet to issue a communique clarifying the situation and his behavioral pattern in the past points to a level of over zealousness when it relates to his body. Anyhow, Bale has joined up with the Wales national team with the idea of getting himself right. He plans to spend time with the Welsh doctors and hopes that they can find the origin of his latest problem and also offer a solution with his high levels of trust trust in the national team medical unit. If he's not 100% fit, he won't play.
Real Madrid are totally aware how Bale operates and they have learned to live with his way of functioning. He looks after is body as if it were a temple or a Formula 1 race-car. If he feels that he's not in optimum shape and in a means to avoid any further damage, he will not exert himself. Those close to him can detect this from his manner of carrying himself. For an athlete with a perfectly toned system, this may sound like an excuse, as if Bale is not prepared to carry on through the pain barrier and not "die for the cause". The reality of the matter is that this is the way the Welshman has always operated, he always wants his body to function to optimum perfection with all elements of his physical machinery working at peak capacity.