The Welshman is regarded as a key part of the 'BBC' attacking trio, but results without him suggest Real Madrid won't be too worried by his absence.
Gareth Bale limped out of weekend encounter with Malaga in La Liga, within the opening minutes of the game. Real Madrid have since announced that following tests, the 25-year-old has suffered a soleus muscle injury in his left calf.
Looking back at the statistics of when Bale hasn't played, it is suggested that Real Madrid have actually produced better results, highlighting his last spells on the sidelines.
In October 2014, Bale suffered the setback of a piriformis muscle injury, causing sciatic pain in his hip. During that time, he missed five games. Although he returned to action in November, at the start of December, the Welsh international missed a further encounter in the Copa del Rey.
Injuries haven't posed much of a problem since then, but he was rested for the league match against Eibar on 11th April. Having bruised his foot in the previous match, manager Carlo Ancelotti decided not to take any risks with Bale.
Real Madrid coped perfectly well in the seven matches Bale didn't play, winning all of them comfortably:
- 5-0 away against Levante. (La Liga)
- 3-1 at home against Barcelona. (La Liga)
- 4-0 away against Granada. (La Liga)
- 3-0 away against Liverpool. (Champions League)
- 4-1 away against Cornellà (Copa del Rey)
- 5-0 at home against Cornellà (Copa del Rey)
- 3-0 at home against Eibar.
Perhaps most telling is that during those games, Real Madrid scored a total of 27 goals, at an average of 3.85 per game. Through the course of the season, 2.72 is the average number of goals per game, which the team have achieved with Bale and in all competitions.
The Spanish media continues to put Bale under the spotlight. The record signing from Tottenham has received plenty of flack, both from the newspapers and disgruntled fans.
However, the numbers and statistics are a stark reminder of just how high the expectations are for every player, at Real Madrid.
When it comes to La Liga, with 15 goals in his first season, followed by 13 so far during the current campaign, Bale has yet to match the phenomenal 21 he scored in the Premier League, during the 2012-13 with Spurs.