World’s most expensive player has to wait to make home bow.
Real Madrid star Gareth Bale was robbed of making his home debut for his new club this weekend after he pulled up with an injury during the warm up before the side’s 4-1 demolition of Getafe, the Guardian reports.
The 24-year-old was seen pointing towards his left thigh after his name was included in the squad, but come kick off his name was not read out and he was absent from the starting line up.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti explained after the game that the stresses and strains of an unusual summer coupled with his failure to get a proper pre season under his belt may have taken its toll on the Welshman.
Tests are set to be carried out on Monday, but Ancelotti also hinted that the injury probably won’t be serious enough to keep him out of next weekend’s local derby with Atletico Madrid.
“He had a small problem in the warm-up,” said Ancelotti.
“We can’t say it’s a [serious] injury. Speaking to doctors, I don’t think it’s a big problem but we have to wait to tomorrow to do a scan to see what happened. He was not comfortable or relaxed so I preferred to avoid any problems and wait and see. He’s not happy because he was really looking forward to playing his first game at the Bernabéu but I think he will have lots of chances to play here.”
Madrid will play two league games in the next six days, against Elche on Wednesday and then Atlético at the weekend. Asked if Bale would make it back in time to face Elche, Ancelotti replied: “I don’t know. We’ll see tomorrow. When a player can’t play a game it is hard for him to be ready three days later. [But] I think he’ll be ready for the game on Saturday.
“I think that the pre-season was very unusual and not just in the physical aspect but also the mental aspect; he has waited a long time [to join Madrid]. I think that is the problem. He played 60 minutes against Villarreal and 30 against Galatasaray and we were working to improve his physical condition. We had a small problem today but I think he can be OK.”