Despite scoring on his debut, that match ended in a 2-2 draw with Villarreal. And he had to pull out of his scheduled home debut a few days later after sustaining an injury in the warm-up.
He then came off the bench for the final 26 minutes of a 6-1 victory over Galatasaray in the Champions League, where a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick showed the Welshman exactly how far he has to go to oust the Portuguese as top dog at the Bernabeu.
And when he finally appeared in front of his home fans as a second half substitute, Real lost 1-0 to fierce rivals Atletico Madrid.
But now, Spanish newspaper Marca has reported that Real paid a world-record transfer fee for a ‘ticking time bomb’, following the revelation that Bale has a lumbar disc hernia that may require surgery.
Marca claims the Spanish side’s doctors are working closely with Bale to manage the condition
The paper states that, “It could be months, years or even his whole career,” until Bale needs surgery. “It is practically impossible to estimate the evolution of Bale’s injury.”
And yet the latest news shines even more light on his £85million from Tottenham, and begs the question, Did Spurs complete a piece of business even savvier than first thought?
With his condition reportedly posing more of a risk should he play two games a week, there is a very real possibility that Real have paid a fortune for a player who will need to manage his short-term career or risk requiring surgery having only just completed his dream transfer.
As Tottenham continue their fine start to the season, Bale’s is seemingly at constant risk of ending in a moment.
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