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