Saturday 24 March 2018

Bale injury scare puts Bernabeu debut on ice

Real Madrid fans will have to wait another week to get their first up-close look at the club's €100m man.

Gareth Bale, who joined Madrid on a world-record transfer at the close of the summer transfer market, injured his leg during the warm-up for Real's clash with Getafe.

The Wales winger had scored one goal in two games for Real and was set to make his debut at packed Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Bale was originally in Real's starting line-up but was removed from the squad after Madrid's medical staff were seen checking his left thigh.

The hosts didn't miss him as Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals in a 4-1 rout. Real club spokesman Emilio Butragueno said after the win that Bale's injury didn't appear to be serious and that he would undergo tests today. "It was more for precaution than anything else," said Butragueno.

The next chance Real fans will have to see Bale at home will be next Saturday against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital derby.

Meanwhile Pedro's hat-trick helped Barcelona maintain their 100pc start in the league as Tata Martino's side swept aside Rayo Vallecano 4-0.

Pedro scored after a clever a pass by Lionel Messi – playing his 250th La Liga game for Barcelona – in the 33rd minute and added two more in the 47th and 72nd minutes after Victor Valdes saved a penalty.

Cesc Fabregas wrapped it up in the 80th minute with a breakaway goal.

Irish Independent

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