Former Tottenham Hotspur and current Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is still adjusting to life in Spain after completing a world record transfer move from the Premier League to the La Liga to join forces with Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo.
The player was substituted at halftime in the last match he played against Granada after picking up a knock in the groin, and he did not take part in the following Copa Del Rey encounter against Espanyol. Coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Bale’s left leg is troubling the player and keeping him out of action, but the coach expects him to be back for the clash against Athletic Bilbao on this Sunday.
Bale’s time in Madrid has been blighted by numerous injuries, and although he is putting up impressive numbers when fit and firing — ten goals in nine complete games played in all competitions so far including eight goals and seven assists in the League — he was booed by a section of the crowd who expect to see phenomenal moves proportional to his price-tag in every match.
With Ronaldo stealing the limelight again this season through his other-worldly performances, Bale’s frequent absences are seldom being missed by the team and the supporters. With the Champions League knockout phase approaching, Bale’s fitness will give an added boost to the team and make Ancelotti’s work much easier.
Bale’s performances last season single-handedly led Tottenham into fifth spot in the League. While such heroics might not be necessary for his new team, they would go a long way in establishing his confidence and drive away the memories of a difficult first half of the season.