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Bale set to miss Real's semi-final dates with Atletico

Bale is expected to miss four weeks of action Credit: PA

Gareth Bale is likely to be out for a month after the Real Madrid forward sustained a calf injury in Sunday's El Clasico loss to Barcelona.

Real confirmed that Bale injured his left calf - diagnosed as a "grade two injury" - with reports suggesting the Welshman will miss around four weeks of action.

The injury means Bale is set to miss both of Real's Champions League semi-final legs against Atletico, on May 2 and 10 respectively.

Following the tests carried out on Gareth Bale by the Sanitas Medical Services, the player has been diagnosed with a grade 2 injury in his left calf. His recovery will continue to be assessed.

– Bale medical report on RM website

Bale rejoins Real Madrid training ahead of Clasico

Bale missed the second leg of Madrid's Champions League quarter-final victory over Bayern Munich. Credit: PA

Gareth Bale's hopes of being fit for Sunday's La Liga showdown with Barcelona have received a boost as he returned to training following a muscle injury on Thursday.

The Wales forward rejoined the squad for their first training session since their Champions League win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night, Madrid said in a statement.

He had been a major doubt for El Clasico, having been forced off with injury in the first leg of Madrid's quarter-final tie at Bayern.

Zinedine Zidane's side host Barcelona at the Bernabeu on Sunday in a clash which could go a long way to determining the outcome of the title race. Madrid go into the match with a three-point lead and a game in hand on their bitter rivals.


Centurion Cristiano Ronaldo hails Real Madrid's winning mentality

Ronaldo's hat-trick inspired Real Madrid to overcome Bayern Munich after extra time Credit: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo praised the winning mentality of Real Madrid after his hat-trick helped defeat Bayern Munich 4-2 following extra time at the Bernabeu.

A Robert Lewandowski penalty put Bayern ahead on the night but a diving header from Ronaldo with 14 minutes left looked to have been enough to send the Spanish side through, only for a bizarre own goal from Real captain Sergio Ramos to level things up at 3-3 overall.

Bayern saw midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off for what looked a harsh second caution to go into extra time with just 10 men.

Ronaldo's second goal in the 105th minute saw the forward become the first player to score 100 Champions League goals, while he completed his hat-trick four minutes later - Marco Asensio added the icing on the cake to make it 6-3 on aggregate.

We are just winners. Making six goals against a team like Bayern is not easy and we deserve to move through to the semi-finals.

We played very well, obviously I am very happy to score all three goals, but the team has been great.

We knew we had to play very well because Bayern can score goals from anywhere on the pitch and proved to be an excellent team, but Real Madrid is Real Madrid.

In the first half we had many opportunities and we could score a goal or two, also in the second half too.

Yes, we conceded two goals, but Real Madrid is used to this setback, we won and we are all very happy.

– Ronaldo on Real's website
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