Spanish newspaper Marca have claimed that an MRI taken on September 2nd revealed that Gareth Bale was suffering from a slipped disc in his back. The newspaper also reported that the former Tottenham Hotspur player might require surgery to correct the problem.
However, Real Madrid have denied the report, publishing an announcement on their official website stating it to be completely false. The world-record signing, who came over to Real at the start of the season, does not have a slipped disc, but rather a “small chronic disc bulge.” The club states that such a bulge is common among football players and does not prevent Bale from playing.
Bale hasn’t got off to a flying start with Los Blancos. The Welshman did score on his debut, but has played just twice since, coming on as a substitute against Galatasaray in the Champions League and again off the bench in the derby loss to Atlético Madrid. Fitness issues remain a problem, with the player pulling out of international duty with Wales this week due to a minor thigh injury. Bale is currently undergoing extra fitness work to ready him for the end of October, which sees Real Madrid host Málaga before facing Juventus in the Champions League, and then on to Barcelona for the first El Clasico of the La Liga season.