Alvaro Arbeloa has reacted to a report that he injured Gareth Bale earlier in the season by jokingly claiming that he ran his Real Madrid team-mate over with his car.
Cadena SER claimed that the Spain international left the world's most expensive player with a "numb and blackened leg" after a late challenge during a training session in October of last year, and that Los Blancos covered up the incident in order to protect their full-back, who had previously made headlines for breaking Iker Casillas' hand in a practice match.
However, Arbeloa made light of the accusation by revealing what really happened in a post on social media site Twitter.
“The truth is I ran him over in my car," the 30-year-old defender explained. "But he’s a strong bloke and he’s still alive!"
Bale has been plagued by injury problems since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu from Tottenham last September for a reported €100 million (£86m) transfer fee.