Gareth Bale could miss Madrid’s derby against Atletico this weekend after Real Madrid confirmed the Welshman is suffering from muscle fatigue.
The 24-year-old couldn’t make his home debut against Getafe, as he had to pull out of the clash during the warm-up. Medical tests have confirmed he will miss next Wednesday’s La Liga game at Elche, and he faces a wait to see if he can play against their city rivals.
A statement published by the club read: “After the tests carried out today on Gareth Bale at the Sanitas La Moraleja hospital, fatigue in the left thigh muscle was found. It will be treated.”
However, Carlo Ancelotti is confident he will be fit to face Atletico. “I am sure he will be ready for the game on Saturday. He had a small problem and we hope it is resolved quickly,” the Italian manager said.
Bale was unable to get a full pre-season. He didn’t play a single game with Tottenham Hotspur while Spurs where negotiating his transfer with Real Madrid. Thus, the Welshman’s state of shape is yet way below his team-mates.