Injured Gareth Bale to miss Champs League semis

Apr 26, 2017
Real Madrid coach Zinadine Zidane insists that he did not make a mistake by playing Gareth Bale in last weekend’s Clasico against Barcelona.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he does not feel he made a mistake by playing Gareth Bale in the Clasico after the club confirmed he has a calf injury that is expected to rule him out of the Champions League semifinals.

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.

The Wales international is now expected to miss both legs of the Champions League semifinal clash with Atletico Madrid next month as well as a significant part of the run-in in La Liga, which could go down to the wire with Barca currently top on head-to-head record but Madrid having a game extra to play.

Zidane told his prematch news conference ahead of Wednesday’s game at Deportivo La Coruna that Bale had been fully fit to start against Barca and that this latest issue could be a consequence of having missed three months earlier in the season following an ankle operation. – ESPN