Due to some discomfort in his left hamstring, Gareth Bale was not available for Sunday’s league match against Espanyol, and will now not suit up for Wales due to a similar problem, his 13th injury since he’s been with Real Madrid.
It is the first time this season that the Welshman will be out of action because of physical problems as, to this point, he had participated in nine of the 11 matches for Los Blancos in all competitions.
On the two occasions he did not feature (the return leg of the Spanish Super Cup and the match against Alaves), it was Zinedine Zidane’s decision.
Despite this being his first scare of the campaign, Bale’s injury list at Real Madrid is several pages long already.
Twenty-eight of Real Madrid’s 60 matches were lost to him last season, mostly due to the ankle surgery he underwent at the end of November 2016.
Even when he did return, he was dropped from the starting XI of the Champions League final because of his overall poor form.
In 2015/16, he missed 15 matches because of a soleus problem in his right leg but in 2014/15, Bale enjoyed one his best seasons in relation to his health, with only three matches being lost (one league, one Champions League, one King’s Cup).
During his first season with the club in 2013/14, the Welshman did not feature in five matches because of physical ailments in the soleus and the quadriceps and in total has been absent for over 250 days since joining the side from the Spanish capital.