Gareth Bale could miss Champions League clash vs. Liverpool


Real Madrid could be without one of their star players when they head to Anfield for a Champions League clash against Liverpool.

Gareth Bale was held out of Real’s match against Levante over the weekend as he continues to nurse a muscle injury picked up while training with Wales.

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While Real easily handled Levante 5-0 without Bale in the lineup, manager Carlo Ancelotti said he is being cautious with his Welsh star.

He has a problem in his glute. He wasn’t comfortable so we preferred to not risk it for this game and we will evaluate it in the next few days. He wasn’t left out due to rotation.”

Ancelotti can add Bale to the list of injured stars on his roster, joining Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, who all sat out in the match against Levante.

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Madrid face off against Liverpool on Wednesday, giving Bale a few more days to rest and recover. Even if he is unable to play, Brendan Rodgers’ side will still have their hands full with a Madrid attack that has scored seven goals in their first two Champions League group matches.

Liverpool currently sit behind Madrid in the Group B standings after dropping valuable points in a disappointing loss to FC Basel.

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If the Reds want to have any chance at earning even a point this week, they must turn around quickly after a sloppy win over Queens Park Rangers. Liverpool was outplayed for spells of the match against a Rangers side that sits at the bottom of the Premier League table, relying on two own goals to leave Loftus Road with a win.