Gareth Bale has paid dearly for playing for his country during the World Cup qualifiers in Qatar. The player's desire to help Wales into the play-offs was too much for him and it has backfired.
Bale will not be able to play in the final game for a place in the play-offs, which is this Tuesday's game against Belgium, who have already qualified. The winger will not even be on the bench.
According to the newspaper 'Marca', the Welsh FA informed Real Madrid that Bale is suffering from calf discomfort, an ailment that prevented him from training on Monday.
The club will carry out new tests on Bale as soon as he returns to Madrid to find out the extent of the calf problems, which in any case will mean he will be out for another few days.
The situation remains complicated, as Bale has not played for Real Madrid since 28th August, two and a half months ago. Criticism already came back to him when he was called up by Wales even though he had not played under Ancelotti's orders.
The Real Madrid coach wanted to defend him in a press conference, although returning injured again is not good news for a Real Madrid team that once again placed its trust in him in the final stretch of his contract and, above all, because it repeats a chapter that has already risen on several occasions.
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