Saturday 22 July 2017

Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale facing lengthy spell on the sidelines but he WILL be fit for Ireland clash

Wales’ talisman Gareth Bale. Photo: PA
Wales’ talisman Gareth Bale. Photo: PA
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale could be out for up to 12 weeks after Real Madrid confirmed the extent of his ankle injury, according to one of the UK’s top sports injury specialists.

Bale looks certain to miss Real Madrid clash with Barcelona next week after he suffered a “traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons” in his side’s 2-1 Champions League win against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, yet former Manchester United and Southampton medic Matt Radcliffe suggests the Welshman could be back inside a month if the swelling around his ankle subsides in the coming days.

One of the UK’s top sports injury specialists has told Independent.ie that Gareth Bale should return from his ankle injury in time to play for Wales in their crucial World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin next March.

Real Madrid have confirmed that Bale will need to go under the knife after he sustained traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons in his right ankle in his side’s 2-1 Champions League win against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

Reports in Spain suggest Bale will be out for up to four months with the injury, but former Manchester United and Southampton physio Matt Radcliffe has suggested his recovery time should be shorted than that, which would allow him to take to the field for Wales at the Aviva Stadium on March 24th.

“I have had experience of this injury before and if you need to go down the surgery route, then you are looking at around 12 weeks maximum for a return,” Radcliffe suggests.

“I’m sure Real Madrid would have been looking to manage this situation without surgery as that is the preferable route, but if that is not possible then you are looking at around three months for a recovery period

“The trouble is you can have popping of the ankle when you damage the peroneal tendons and if you try and get around the problem without surgery, timing a return is a major decision.”

Wales boss Chris Coleman will be hoping Radcliffe’s expert diagnosis and not the more gloomy Spanish reports of a four-month lay-off is accurate, with his side in need of a victory against Ireland as they look to trim a four point gap opened up by Martin O’Neill’s side in the first four rounds of matches in Group D qualifying.

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