Bale has ‘disc protrusion’

Real Madrid have confirmed that Gareth Bale has a ‘small chronic disc protrusion’ in his back, but have once again denied reports that he has a slipped disc.

Marca ran a story on Saturday claiming that the Wales international had a slipped disc in his back which was diagnosed during his medical – but Florentino Perez ordered the move to go ahead anyway.

But the Blancos have denied that, instead releasing a full statement outlining the reasons why Bale has been out of action.

“In response to the information that the newspaper Marca has published today regarding the player Gareth Bale, Real Madrid would like to state the following:

1. The information published, claiming that the player has a slipped disc on the L5-S1 vertebrae and a protrusion on two others, is completely false.

2. The player does not have a slipped disc, as the club's medical services stated clearly to the newspaper before the information was published. Surprisingly, the version the doctors offered this media outlet on Thursday 10 October has been omitted.

3. The player Gareth Bale has a small chronic disc protrusion, which is extremely common among football players and by no means prevents him from carrying out his professional activity normally."

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