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Real Madrid say Bale has had successful ankle surgery

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Gareth Bale has successfully undergone surgery on his damaged ankle in London, Real Madrid have announced.

Bale went under the knife at the King Edward VII Hospital to repair the peroneal tendon injury he sustained during Real's Champions League victory over Sporting Lisbon last week.

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Real have not said how long they expect the Wales international to be sidelined for but media reports have suggested he could be out for up to three months.

Wales' next scheduled match is the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on March 24.

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Faletau replaces Lydiate after knee injury

Dan Lydiate has been sent off with a left knee injury during Wales' final Autumn International against South Africa.

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He's being replaced by Taulupe Faletau.

Villa remain unbeaten with 3-1 win over Cardiff City

Aston Villa continued their recent revival under Steve Bruce on Saturday, with a 3-1 Championship win over Cardiff at Villa Park.

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Cardiff were reduced to 10 men in the 84th minute when Lee Peltier was sent off, and the hosts made sure of the points in the final minute when substitute Rudy Gestede converted a penalty after Jack Grealish had been brought down.

Despite an early goal from Rickie Lambert Cardiff were unable to close the gap.

The result stretched Villa's unbeaten run to six games - it mean they remain the only team in the Championship with an unbeaten home record.

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