After a year and three months without releasing a medical statement on Gareth Bale, Real Madrid has confirmed soleus injury to their attacker, hopes to have him back later this month.
Santiago Solaris’ team will be without Gareth Bale for at least 15 days after Bale picked up a soleus injury against Villarreal on Thursday night, when a draw left Real Madrid with 30 points, which is the club’s lowest after 17 games in 13 years; at one stage of this season they were as low as ninth. The Welsh-born player underwent tests on Saturday and the club has confirmed he suffered a grade 1 soleus injury on his left leg, but did not precise a specific timeline for his recovery.
He will most likely miss games against Real Sociedad, Real Betis (13th January) and both legs of the last 16 clash in the Copa del Rey against Leganés. His return could come ahead of the Sevilla game although the club says his injury will be assessed and would not put a concrete date on a potential comeback.
The Argentine manager said at the press conference ahead of Real Madrid’s first game at Santiago Bernabeu in 2019 that the injury “was something light” and that he was hoping for quick return, given Bale’s importance for the team.
Real Madrid (currently 4th in La Liga) will play seven games in total in January, but that number could increase to nine if they overcome Leganés in the Copa. After Real Sociedad, Betis and Sevilla, Real Madrid will play against Espanyol. Real Madrid could play Copa quarter final, which would add up two additional games to their schedule.
Apart from Bale, there are more players who are still injured, like Marco Asensio, Marcos Llorente and Mariano Diaz.