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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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Euro 2016 qualification top of Bale's agenda

Gareth Bale celebrates scoring the winner against Belgium on Friday. Credit: PA

Helping Wales get to their first major tournament since 1958 is top of Gareth Bale's wish list for next season, he has said.

The 25-year-old marked his 50th international appearance on Friday with the only goal against Belgium to take Wales to within touching distance of Euro 2016.

The Real Madrid forward's strike moved Chris Coleman's side three points clear at the top of Group B with four games remaining.

I think everybody knows how much I want to get to a major tournament with Wales. It's top of my list now. It's on, so we'll keep working hard to do it.

We know what position we're in and we're going to enjoy this.

We know there's still a long way to go. We can enjoy now, but when the next camp comes around we will be straight back on the floor.

We will be working hard on the training field and ready to do the business.

– Gareth Bale
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