Real Madrid's Gareth Bale unlikely to make Champions League clash with former club Tottenham
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 13/10/17 4:22pm
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is a major doubt for the Champions League clash with his former club Tottenham at the Bernebeu next week.
Real's head coach Zinedine Zidane suggested on Friday that the Wales star will be out for at least a week, if not 10 days, because of an ongoing calf problem.
Spurs go to Spain next Tuesday for the first competitive meeting between the two clubs since Bale's then world-record £86m move in 2013, before Real head to Wembley in the return Group H tie a week later.
Ahead of the Liga side's trip to Getafe on Saturday, Zidane said: "I can't say when he'll be back, but he's better. I can't say if he'll return in a week or 10 days, we'll have to see. He's getting better every day.
"He had two problems, one in Dortmund when he only seemed a bit worn out, and then he had a different problem with his calf. Now we have to take it easy with him and be patient.
"Bale is the one who is most upset about this because he hates to be away from the team. I hope he returns quickly and plays like he did in Dortmund."
Bale is suffering with his 10th calf problem since moving to Spain, and the eighth in his left calf. Real have said he has not torn the muscle.
The club originally said Bale's fitness problems in Dortmund were related to cramp and allowed him to go on international duty with Wales, but further scans ruled him out of the World Cup Qualifiers against Georgia and Ireland, which saw his country fail to qualify for the 2018 finals.