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Real Madrid to be one Welshman short in first Clasico of 2021-22

Real Madrid to be one Welshman short in first Clasico of 2021-22

Gareth Bale set to miss El Clasico

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is set to be without Welsh winger Gareth Bale when Los Blancos clash with bitter rivals Barcelona in the first installment of El Clasico this season.

Bale sustained an injury in training and subsequently missed both of Madrid’s fixtures against Celta Vigo and Inter Milan over the last week, and though no return timetable has been provided, it is suspected that he could be out for up to two months after rupturing ligaments in his hamstring.

If true, the long-time Madrid winger will miss the La Liga giants’ first league meeting with Barcelona on October 24th at the Camp Nou, but for the moment, Ancelotti remains unable to give details;

We don’t know how much time he needs, the injury is pretty serious and it is hard to give a time. He was doing quite well, he was working hard, we have to wait.” [quote via Goal]

A blossoming career riddled with injuries in Madrid

The world was once at Gareth Bale’s feet, when he was still donning the white and navy blue kit of Tottenham ten years ago.

Gareth Bale

CARDIFF, WALES – JUNE 03: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid lifts The Champions League trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and Real Madrid at National Stadium of Wales on June 3, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

After a true breakout season in 2010-11, Bale reached otherworldly heights at White Hart Lane between 2011-13, making 69-appearances in the Premier League while smashing an astounding 31-goals and 23-assists in just two seasons.

Bale was unquestionably one of the most feared attacking players in England, and his first season in the Spanish capital did not disappoint either, as he registered a combined 22-goals and 19-assists in 44-appearances across all competitions.

But a susceptibility to injury that began to rear its ugly head years before at Spurs went into overdrive after his move to Spain, and to date, the iconic Welsh international has missed roughly 100-matches for Madrid starting in the 2013-14 season.

Though hardly viewed as a vital piece of the puzzle at the Bernabeu, one cannot help but feel that fans across the continent have been stripped of the opportunity to witness a brilliant career that has been denied a real chance to propel a Welshman into the top echelon of the European pantheon for the first time since Ian Rush.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.