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Why it looks like Gareth Bale might just have played his last ever game for Real Madrid

The Welshman's calf injury could rule him out until the end of the season amid transfer speculation

REAL MADRID superstar Gareth Bale has been ruled out of the Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid.

The Welshman injured his left calf during the El Clasico defeat to Barcelona at the weekend and will now miss both legs of the European tie against Real’s fierce city rivals.

Gareth Bale has been ruled out the Champions semi-final

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Gareth Bale has been ruled out the Champions semi-final

Bale has been plagued by a number of setbacks following his then-world record move to Real in 2013.


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The 27-year-old was on the sidelines for four months with an ankle injury earlier this season.

And Bale is now in danger of missing the rest of Real’s season after being ruled out for at least one month with a calf problem.

Bale injured his calf during Real Madrid's El Clascico defeat to Barcelona

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Bale injured his calf during Real Madrid’s El Clascico defeat to Barcelona
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Bale has suffered a number of injury setbacks during his time at Real

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Bale has suffered a number of injury setbacks during his time at Real

He will definitely miss the home and away games against Atletico in the Champions League.

But Bale is also set to be absent for vital domestic matches against Deportivo, Valencia, Granada and Sevilla.

Real face a tense battle for the title after Lionel Messi's late winner at the weekend

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Real face a tense battle for the title after Lionel Messi's late winner at the weekend

Messi's goal means Real must win a game in-hand to get back to top

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Messi's goal means Real must win a game in-hand to get back to top

Barcelona have gone joint-top with Real on goal difference thanks to Lionel Messi's last-gasp winner, although Los Blancos can open up a three-point lead if they win their game in-hand.

But Bale’s absence will make the task of a first La Liga title since 2012 a lot harder, with a Real statement confirming: “Following tests, the player has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury in his left calf. His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

 

With Bale linked to a move away from the Bernabeu this summer, might he have played his final game for Real?

 

Watch this space.