Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale has struggled with multiple injuries over the last few years.
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Since joining the Spanish giants in 2013, he’s only managed to make 30 appearances in a league season once, and that was in 2014/15.
According to the Sun, Bale, 30, suffered yet another injury while on international duty last month, sustaining a torn calf in Wales’ 1-1 draw with Croatia.
Since that game, the Welshman hasn’t made an appearance for Real, with Zinedine Zidane having to look elsewhere in his squad to replace Bale’s goal output.
Despite a lack of game time and fitness, Wales boss Ryan Giggs named his superstar winger in his latest squad for the crucial upcoming European championship qualifiers.
He faces a race against time to be fit for his country amid claims from the likes of Guillem Balague that he’s unhappy in the Spanish capital. With this report suggesting the former Tottenham ace tore his calf, a look at his injury history documented on Transfermarkt shows just how familiar a problem this is.
According to them, the Welsh superstar has missed 184 days of action since joining the La Liga giants with calf problems alone.
While Bale is back in training, it looks unlikely he’ll have any game time before he meets up with the national team.
Los Blancos manager Zidane said: “He’s here and back out on the pitch working to get fit again.
“We’re behind him, trying to get him back with the team as soon as possible, but he’s still not available for selection.”
Giggs’ men need wins over Azerbaijan and Hungary, as well as other results going their way to have a chance of qualifying for the Euros next summer.
Bale will be key to Wales getting there, he has 33 goals in 81 caps, making him the nation’s all-time leading goalscorer.
He’s joined in the squad by Juventus’ Aaron Ramsey and Manchester United winger Daniel James.
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