Welsh playmaker has only started one match for los Blanos since joining the club last month.
Spanish giants Real Madrid have confirmed that their recent world-record signing Gareth Bale is suffering from a “small chronic disc protrusion” in his back, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
However, the Wales international’s agent Jonathan Barnett has furiously denied reports in Spanish sports daily Marca that Bale actually has a lumbar disc hernia and will require an operation to cure the problem, with the wide man’s representative calling the story “complete rubbish, irresponsible and a disgrace.”
Bale finally completed his protracted and much-discussed move to the Santiago Bernabeu last month, with the 24-year-old eventually agreeing a bumper six-year deal with los Blancos worth a staggering 300,000 euros per week for a whopping fee of 100m euros.
However, despite managing to score on his Liga debut away at Villarreal, Bale has since been unable to actually start a match for Madrid due to a niggling thigh injury picked up in the warmup ahead of their league encounter with Getafe.
But the club have now come out to strongly deny the report in Marca that Bale has a discal hernia and therefore could be out of action for up to three months in order to have surgery to fix the problem.
“It is completely false that the player has a discal hernia. He has a small chronic protrusion in a spinal disc that will not affect him playing,” Real Madrid said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Barnett added: “He is the most expensive signing in history. If there had been a problem they (Real Madrid) would have stopped the signing.
“Gareth will be available to Mr Ancelotti after the international break. He has had a slight tear in his thigh. He is angry that a newspaper can write such rubbish.”
And Madrid doctor Carlos Diez then told Cadena Ser radio station: “These findings [in Bale’s back] are not important as the player is not in pain. He is playing and training normally.”