Gareth Bale a doubt for El Clasico after injuring ankle on Champions League duty
Published 23/11/2016 | 16:14
Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale risks missing El Clasico after suffering an ankle injury while on Champions League duty.
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."