Gareth Bale could be set for a return to action in November.
Little has been shared by Real Madrid about their forward’s injury, with the club keen to protect his privacy after a litany of setbacks over the years.
But Wales coach Rob Page has shed some light on when he expects Bale to be back fit.
“We’ve been in contact with [Bale] and our medical team to see how the injury is going,” he said.
“Hamstring injuries go on a scale of one to four, and he is closer to four.
“It’s a significant injury and so the upcoming international window will come too soon for him, unfortunately.
“But fortunately he is recovering better than expected and we are fairly sure he will be back in November.”
Specifically, the fixtures Bale could return for are Wales’ two final World Cup qualifiers, at home against Belarus on November 13 and away at Belgium three days later.
That could mean Bale features for Real Madrid sooner than that.
He has been out since before Los Merengues faced Celta Vigo on September 12, injuring himself in the training session prior to that match, having come back from playing in all three of Wales’ games earlier in the month.
It’s an unfortunate blow for Bale, who had been impressive under Carlo Ancelotti to that point.
But in his absence the likes of Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio have stepped in impressively, and Bale – whose contract runs out in the summer – faces a battle to get back in the side when he does return.