Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

Isco: Bale Is Having A Hard Time

Isco: Bale Is Having A Hard Time

He is likely to be available for the Madrid derby against Atletico after the worldwide break.

"Bale breaks down again", splashed the front page of Madrid sports daily AS.

The Wales worldwide, who left Spurs in 2013 for a then-record fee of £85m, has struggled to consistently impress at Real Madrid.

Indeed, including Bale's bumper salary, AS believe his 159 games for the club have cost Madrid 1.06 million euros a match.

There is no estimate for the length of time the Real star will be missing but it is just the latest in a series of injury blows that have blighted Bale in 2017. In four full seasons, he has lifted the Champions League three times and scored 70 goals.

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Injuries have hampered the 28-year-old's impact at the Bernabeu. There was once a time when the trio of Bale, Karim Benzema, and Cristiano Ronaldo were thought of as the most potent trio in world football.

"Protected by the hierarchy since he arrived as part of the non-negotiable BBC, he hasn't made himself important", AS added in their analysis.

Bale, who joined Real for a then-world record £86million fee in 2013, has been sidelined since September 26 due to a calf injury but returned to full training last week.

"My Madrid past wouldn't have been an issue as I'm not a Madrid fan and I always point that out whenever I'm asked about it", the former Real Madrid player said.

Gareth Bale's injuries have limited his appearances this season.

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