Earlier today, we brought you the claims from Spain that Gareth Bale had a lumbar disc hernia that could require surgery at any moment.
It was a story reported by newspaper Marca, who branded the former Tottenham man a ‘ticking time bomb’. But Real Madrid have since issued a statement denying Marca’s claims.
The Spanish paper claimed Real’s doctors are working extensively with the Welshman to manage the condition, and that there was no way of knowing when or if Bale would require surgery either in the short or the long term.
But in a statement also published by Sky Sports this afternoon, the La Liga side moved to quickly quash the rumours.
It is a strange state of affairs, given that many Tottenham fans have their own feelings as to Marca’s influence on Bale’s eventual move to the Bernabeu. But Real’s statement suggests that for once it is they who have something to say about Marca’s reporting.
Real admitted that Bale has a ‘small chronic disc bulge’ but that this was common in footballers. The statement also says that Real told Marca Bale did not have a slipped disc and that their own doctor’s report was omitted from the story.
You can read Real’s full statement here and our report from this morning below: