Gareth Bale ruled out of Champions League semi-final with calf injury

Ross Houston
April 26, 2017

Gareth Bale looks set to miss Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid after tests revealed that the Welshman has a tear to his left calf.

Bale's latest problem saw him limp off in the 3-2 defeat to Barcelona last night.

Bale limped off early during Sunday's 3-2 La Liga defeat at home to Barcelona with what is the 17th different injury of his four seasons in Spain, and tests have now shown a Grade 2 problem in his left calf muscle. "His recovery will continue to be assessed", Real Madrid said on their official website.

The Wales worldwide now appears to be a doubt for both legs of Madrid's Champions League semi-final tie with city rivals Atletico Madrid.

It is far from the first injury of the season for Bale as he was out for almost three months this season after surgery on his right ankle.

"If I could do it again, I'd do the same thing", Zidane said.

He was forced to spend over two months out after rupturing ligaments in his right ankle in November and was forced off during his side's Champions League quarter-final first leg at Bayern Munich with an injury to his right calf.

If Bale does recover quickly, he could be back in time for the Champions League final, if Madrid gets there, or just before the end of the season. "He is good, physically very good, has trained normally", he said.

'I hope he is with us before the end of the league.

Real, level on points with La Liga leaders Barca and with a game in hand, have important league games this week, facing Deportivo on Wednesday and Valencia on Saturday. The doctors tell me things, it is a small thing and we will see if he is with us soon'. When you've had a long term injury, it's hard when you come back.

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