'Injured' Bale trains alone with no medical comment from Madrid
Gareth Bale was released by the Wales national team and missed the Spain friendly and Ireland Nations League clash due to injury.
The mystery surrounding Gareth Bale's fitness shows no signs of abating. The player trained alone yesterday in Valdebebas after being released by the Welsh national team as they maintained the striker is suffering with a "groin injury". The Cardiff born player trained apart from the rest of the squad but surprisingly the club's medical department have yet to issue a formal communique as is the case when one of the first team players is injured.
The Santiago Bernabeu club were unhappy that the Welsh FA called the player up for international duty and as a precautionary measure the striker played no role in last week's friendly game against Spain and was released ahead of the Welsh Nations League away game in Dublin against Eire. When pressed Wales manager Ryan Giggs maintained that there was no muscle tear but damage to fibres in the groin area.
With the ongoing mystery surrounding the player's fitness level, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui can call upon the Welshman as he prepares his squad for the next LaLiga game as Levante UD visit the Bernabeu on Saturday amid ongoing pressure on the manager with his Madrid side failing to find the net in the past four competitive matches.
This is not the first time that the Welsh FA and Real Madrid have failed to see eye to eye over the fitness of Gareth Bale. The player picked up an injury for the club in a Champions League fixture against Dortmund in September 2017 and there were contradictory reports emerging from the club as to the nature of the knock. Despite his situation the striker joined up with the Welsh squad and upon return, the Real Madrid medical team claimed that a new injury was sustained whilst on international duty, something vehemently denied by both player and federation.