Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed an injury concern for superstar winger Gareth Bale. The 27-year-old was withdrawn from Los Blancos’ 2-1 win against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Wales international was taken off the field in the 59th minute at the first-leg encounter at Aliianz Arena. Zidane revealed that Bale was not feeling in good shape at half-time. Hence, he was replaced by Marco Asensio as a precaution.
“Gareth Bale felt a tweak at half-time and I didn’t want to take any risks. He doesn’t feel so good, we hope it’s nothing major. But I’m happy with the substitution and with Marco Asensio’s performance,” Zidane said, as reported by Goal.com.
Bale feeling well himself
It has to be noted that Bale had only returned from a long-term ankle injury in February, this year. The Wales international later told the media that he was not too bad as he left the stadium, following the match.
An injury to Bale will be a massive concern for Madrid ahead of a crucial run of games. Zidane’s men face Sporting Gijon on Saturday before the home leg Champions League tie against Bayern. Real will then face Barcelona in the El Classico next week.
Bale’s substitution in the match, Asensio produced a brilliant display. The 21-year-old assisted Cristano Ronaldo for the second goal which proved to be the decider of the tie.
Ronaldo injury scare
On the night of Gareth Bale’s injury, Cristano Ronaldo, who scored the winner in the Champions League first-leg quarterfinal tie also had a injury scare. The man who scored two on the night to complete a century of European goals looked set to complete his hat-trick when he jumped for a header.
However, the 32-year-old missed the ball and landed awkwardly. The full-time whistle was blown moments later and, as Real Madrid players celebrated a crucial win, Ronaldo was receiving treatment from the physio.
Real Madrid currently sits three points clear of Barcelona in the La Liga. The Los Blancos have played a game less than their rivals. It has to be noted that Madrid haven’t won the domestic league title since 2012.
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