Real Madrid play down Bale injury concerns

Los Blancos have been quick to dismiss a report published by Marca which claimed the winger's injury was serious, and insist his "small chronic disc bulge" is a manageable problem
Real Madrid have released an official statement confirming that the extent of Gareth Bale's recent injury is not as serious as first thought, stating that the forward is suffering from a small chronic disc buldge.

The statement comes as a direct response to an article published by Marca, with the publication claiming that Bale had suffered a slipped disc. The club have gone on to say that facts published by the newspaper are false.

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"The information published, claiming that the player has a slipped disc on the L5-S1 vertebrae and a bulge on two others, is completely false," the club confirmed on their official website.

"The player does not have a slipped disc, as the club's medical services stated clearly to the newspaper before the information was published. Surprisingly, the version the doctors offered this media outlet on Thursday October 10 has been omitted."

The club were quick to clarify the extent of Bale’s injury, stating it is "extremely common" and should be easily managed.

"The player [Gareth Bale] has a small chronic disc bulge, which is extremely common among football players and by no means prevents him from carrying out his professional activity normally."

The Wales international, 24, has made three appearances in all competitions this season after moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in a world record £86 million deal from Tottenham over the summer.