Thursday 8 December 2016

Gareth Bale a doubt for El Clasico after injuring ankle on Champions League duty

Published 23/11/2016 | 16:14

Gareth Bale (Getty Images)
Gareth Bale (Getty Images)

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale risks missing El Clasico after suffering an ankle injury while on Champions League duty.

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The 27-year-old Wales international hobbled off just before the hour mark in Real's 2-1 victory at Sporting Lisbon and medical tests have subsequently revealed damage to his peroneal tendons.

A statement published on realmadrid.com said Bale's recovery "will continue to be assessed", with the LaLiga derby meeting with Barcelona - scheduled for December 3 - looming large.

The former Tottenham player could also miss the table-topping European showdown with Group F rivals Borussia Dortmund, which comes four days after El Clasico.

Real lead LaLiga by four points from Barca, who have a chance to narrow that gap when they visit Real Sociedad on Sunday. Zinedine Zidane's Blancos host Sporting Gijon at the Bernabeu.

Real coach Zidane said in his post-match press conference in Portugal: "Gareth Bale suffered more of an ankle twist than a knock, but we will have to wait and see what the problem is."

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