‘Castro’s back issue like Bale’s’

Real Betis’ club doctor has suggested that Ruben Castro’s back problems are similar to the issue that Gareth Bale has been confirmed as having.

Real Madrid have reported, in denying that the 24-year-old summer signing has a slipped disc, that he a protruding disc in his back, but that this is not an issue guaranteed to cause discomfort or affect performance.

In considering this, Betis’ Dr Santiago Perez Hidalgo has today noted similarities in the diagnosis with Los Beticos’ Ruben Castro.

The striker has only managed two appearances in all competitions this season so far and is recovering from surgery on a chronic thigh injury, discovered when issues with sciatica were being treated.

“The problem with Ruben in his spine is very similar to that of Gareth Bale,” Dr Hidalgo has offered to reporters today.

“They are protrusions that arise and, in rare cases, result in herniated discs. Ruben and Bale can both continue to play football without problems.

“The problem with [Ruben’s thigh injury] came when his issues with sciatica interfered. These ailments hid the problem that Ruben had. It is also a complicated area such as when the tendon is attached to the bone.”

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