Gareth Bale’s injury problems are now seriously threatening to tarnish his career.
The Welshman has been plagued by issues in the last few years, with his latest setback coming in last month’s El Clasico which is set to see him miss the rest of the season.
Bale has suffered 11 injuries since his then world record transfer to Real Madrid in 2013 – and Los Blancos were warned about the deal just a few months after he moved to Spain.
In an interview with Marca in October 2013, leading Spanish doctor Dr Avelino Parajon branded the decision to sign the former Tottenham star an ‘error’ because of his poor injury record.
“If Real Madrid have signed Gareth Bale knowing about this protrusion, they have committed an error,” he said.
“That is not to say that tomorrow it can be operated on and he can continue playing, like has happened many times.
“But if he already has problems with protruding discs, that indicates that it is not a one-off.
“When a person has those problems at that age, it suggests that he has a great possibility of suffering herniated discs and symptoms arising from that over time.
“It is a bad sign for any athlete.”
Worryingly Parajon appears to be right about the recurring problems, with Bale missing a massive 27 games through injury this season alone.
The likes of Isco, James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio – not exactly terrible players – have deputised in his absence to arguably greater success.
Is Bale now in danger of becoming a nearly man rather than the most natural heir to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real kingdom?