Madrid-based newspaper Marca published a report last week claiming that the Wales international had a ‘slipped disc’ which, although causing him no pain at the moment, could in fact require surgery later down the line.
Real Madrid then engaged in a war-of-words with the sports daily, releasing a statement on their official website: 'In response to the information that the newspaper Marca has published regarding the player Gareth Bale, Real Madrid would like to state the following:
- The information published, claiming that the player has a slipped disc on the L5-S1 vertebrae and a protrusion on two others, is completely false.
- The player does not have a slipped disc, as the club's medical services stated clearly to the newspaper before the information was published. Surprisingly, the version the doctors offered this media outlet on Thursday 10 October has been omitted.
- The player Gareth Bale has a small chronic disc protrusion, which is extremely common among football players and by no means prevents him from carrying out his professional activity normally.'
The winger’s agent Jonathan Barnett then told La Sexta: 'Gareth’s angry not sad, he’s angry that a newspaper can write such rubbish. We won’t be speaking to anybody else about this one story and we will never speak about it ever again, it’s complete rubbish.'
But after making a brief appearance in Los Blancos’ 2-0 win over Malaga at the weekend, the 24-year-old has finally come out and spoken about the incident himself: 'My injury has been greatly exaggerated. It was nothing serious. I am now over the injury. It took me a little while because I didn’t get a proper preseason. I obviously I have to go slowly. But I’ll do whatever the Coach tells me to do.
'Winning was very important for us. I think we played well throughout the match. We deserved to win, but now we have to focus on the next two games that are very important.'
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