Madrid unconcerned over Bale

Real Madrid are reported as calm over the regularity of Gareth Bale’s injuries, apparently viewing the issue as caused by a ‘muscle imbalance’.

The Welshman arrived at the Bernabeu from Tottenham in the summer for a world record €100m but suffered his fifth injury setback since making the switch during Saturday’s home win over Granada.

This has prompted criticism of both the player and club from some quarters, with the 24-year-old having played only 53 per cent of the minutes possible since his transfer and lying in 12th position in the list of how many minutes Madrid players have played so far this season

However, Ancelotti and his team are reportedly convinced that the root of the problem is a simple muscle imbalance, with the player’s left hand side thought to be much stronger than his right.

Furthermore, his latest setback, a calf strain, is not believed to be serious and he is expected to be back in time for Los Blancos’ next game, Sunday’s trip to Athletic Bilbao.

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