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Real Madrid winger Bale ruled out with knee injury

Gareth Bale will miss this weekend's game. Credit: PA

Welsh forward Gareth Bale has suffered a knee injury, his club Real Madrid have announced.

Real are one point behind leaders Barcelona in the Primera Division title race and it has been reported on the Marca.com website that Bale will miss the penultimate league game of the season against Valencia on Sunday.

A statement posted on Real Madrid's official website said: "Following the tests carried out on Gareth Bale, he has been diagnosed with a joint strain in his right knee. His recovery will continue to be assessed."

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Bale set for spell on the sidelines with calf injury

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is facing a spell on the sidelines after tests confirmed he has suffered a calf injury.

Bale was hurt during Madrid's 5-1 hammering of Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

Bale picked up an injury. Credit: PA

Scans on Tuesday revealed the full extent of the injury and although the club offered no time-frame for the Wales international's return, early reports in Spain suggest he will face at least three weeks out.

"After tests carried out today on the player Gareth Bale at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with soleus muscle injury in his right leg," a Madrid statement said. "His recovery will continue to be assessed."

Bale scored the opening goal on Sunday after only seven minutes but was replaced at half-time after suffering the injury.

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Gareth Bale clears up future amid Man United interest

Gareth Bale has no intention of cutting short his spell at Real Madrid despite rumoured interest from the likes of Man United.

Bale is keen to win more trophies with Real Madrid. Credit: PA

But the former Spurs forward has refused to rule out a return to England one day, as he targets further trophies with the Spanish giants.

The Wales star has consistently been linked with a return to the Premier League, with fresh speculation in the wake of Madrid's stunning 4-0 home loss to arch-rivals Barcelona on Saturday, but believes he has plenty still to achieve in the Spanish capital.

He said in an interview with several national newspapers:

My plan when I first started playing football was to try to reach the pinnacle - and Real Madrid is the pinnacle.

Now I'm here, I want to win trophies and to win titles, and just do the best I can for my career. I will never say never when it comes to going back to the Premier League, because you don't know what the future holds.

But I am enjoying my time here. I am very happy.

– Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale
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