Bale Faces a Late Fitness Test For Madrid Derby.

The world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale, faces a wait to see if he can make his Real Madrid home debut in next weekend’s derby against Atletico Madrid after tests taken on Monday morning reveal he is suffering from “muscle fatigue” in his thigh.

Bale, who joined the Madrid club for a record £85m, had been due to make his Bernabeau bow in last night 4-1 victory over Getafe but felt a tweak in his left thigh during the warm up.

“Fatigue in the left thigh muscle was found. It will be treated,” read a Real statement.

He watched from the stands as Getafe took a shock fourth-minute lead through Angel Lafita.

Real leveled within a quarter of an hour when Portuguese defender Pepe bundled in from close range, before Cristiano Ronaldo converted a 33rd minute penalty to put Real Ahead at the break.

Spain international, Isco, who replaced the Wales winger minutes before kickoff, put Real 3-1 ahead just before the hour mark with his fifth goal for the Los Blancos.

Gareth Bale Struggles With a Thigh Muscle Strain, Set to Miss Out of Midweek Action.
Gareth Bale Struggles With a Thigh Muscle Strain, Set to Miss Out of Midweek Action.

Getafe were reduced to ten men when Michel received a late red card for hauling down Real substitute Jese Rodriguez, before Ronaldo completed his brace with a cheeky backheel in injury time.

The 24-year-old is a huge doubt for Wednesday’s La Liga trip to newly promoted Elche, but Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti expects him to be back by the weekend.

“It is difficult to recover in three days, I am sure he will be ready for the game on Saturday,” said Ancelotti after victory over Getafe.

Real are third in the La Liga standing on 13 points from five games, two points behind joint leaders Barcelona and Atletico.


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