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The Spain international has laughed off a claim that he injured the Welshman earlier in the season only for Los Blancos to cover up the incident in order to protect the fullback.

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 teammate 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 fullback, 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 euro transfer fee.