Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is set to miss his side’s game against Espanyol on Sunday after picking up yet another injury in midweek.
The Welshman failed to complete 90 minutes in Real’s 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the champions League in midweek, hobbling off with a calf problem late on.
It was initially hoped that the problem was not serious and that Bale would be available for this weekend’s game but it now appears that that will not be the case, with the forward having sat out training on Thursday and Friday.
Real can not afford any further slip-ups in La Liga, with arch-rivals Barcelona currently leading the way with a 100% record and threatening to build up a commanding lead despite it still being the early stages of the season.
Bale has already missed three games so far this campaign through injury and has played only 57% of the maximum amount of minutes possible since his arrival in the Spanish capital in 2013.
That means that the ‘Cardiff Express’ has missed no fewer than 9,346 minutes of football in four years at the Bernabeu, spread over 53 games.
The Welshman has suffered 18 injuries during his Real Madrid career so far, the majority of which being muscular problems.
With Zinedine Zidane a huge fan of minimal squad turnover and rotation options, it remains to be seen how long the Frenchman will continue to put up with Bale’s recurrent injury problems but the facts are there for all to see, Bale has played the leat minutes of any member of the ‘BBC’ over the last four years.