Real Madrid’s 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon on Sunday was overshadowed by an injury to Gareth Bale.
The Welshman, 26, scored early and set up another as Real raced into a 5-0 lead at half time but the former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur attacker was forced off with a right calf injury and his new coach Zinedine Zidane will now face an anxious wait to see how severe the injury is.
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Bale went down with the knock towards the end of the first half and Zidane confirmed after the rout — his first two games in charge of Real have ended in 5-0 and 5-1 La Liga wins — that Bale will have a scan on Monday to assess the damage done.
The powerful forward has now suffered three calf injuries since the start of the season.
Zidane hopes that Bale’s setback is a “small one” as the deadly trio of Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, dubbed “BBC” in Spain, have scored all 10 goals of the Frenchman’s reign at Real thus far with the capital club up to second in the table.
Bale has 13 goals this season in La Liga, while Ronaldo and Benzema have 16 goals each this campaign.
Losing Bale for an extended period of time — he has been out with two previous calf injuries this season for almost a month in September and then two weeks in October — would be a blow for Real but in all honesty, getting him fit for their UEFA Champions League last 16 showdown with AS Roma on Feb. 17 should be the main aim.