Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been ruled out of his side’s trip to Basque country at the weekend where they face Athletic Bilbao.
The Welsh winger returned to action for the reigning La Liga champions on Tuesday evening in the Copa del Rey but has since been told he will miss the weekend fixture against Athletic Bilbao through another injury.
Having missed the majority of Madrid’s back end of last season which saw them win the league and Champions League title; Bale’s place and future in the starting eleven is now beginning to look bleak.
According to Marca, Bale did not finish the match feeling good and he therefore missed Wednesday’s training sessions.
It is expected however, that the former Tottenham Hotspur man could return for the midweek clash with Borussia Dortmund.
The former Spurs player has had a total of 13 injuries at the Spanish club, missing over 200 days of football.
His latest injury on his calf muscle is the sixth of its kind, forcing him to lose his starting place to in-form and talented Spanish midfielder Isco last season and in the current campaign.
Both former club Spurs and Manchester United are said to be keen on a move next summer and it has been previously claimed that Madrid officials are planning a tentative move to offer his services elsewhere.