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Real Madrid say Bale has had successful ankle surgery

Credit: David Davies/PA Wire.

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.

READ MORE: Real Madrid winger Bale suffers ankle injury

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.

Galatico Bale to sport pink strip for Real away games

Bale in the fushia strip he'll wear for Real Madrid's away games next season. Credit: Adidas

In a first for Real Madrid the club and sponsors Adidas have turned to the colour pink to deck out their Galaticos for away matches next season.

Pictures of Wales star Bale, Karim Benzema and Marcelo modelling the fushia away shirt were released along with images of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos in the more traditional white home shirts.

The new strips were beamed onto the side of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Spain's capital along with the promotional slogan 'wear it or fear it'.

A more traditional white strip will be worn for home matches Credit: Adidas

A spokesperson for the club said, "The second kit is even more of a break from tradition. The main colour is fuchsia, a concept never seen before in the club's 112-year history. The crest will create a unique and impressive visual impact as it is made entirely in pink and white."

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Bale brings Welsh rugby to the Santiago Bernabéu

Bale's rugby drew gasps of amazement from Real colleagues. Credit: bwinbetting.com

Real Madrid may have paid Gareth Bale a world-record transfer fee for his football skills but it seems the Welsh man couldn't resist showing off a few homegrown talents to his teammates during training - with a rugby ball.

Ahead of his debut appearance in this Saturday’s Clásico with Barcelona, Bale Luka Modric, Karim Benzema and Jesé Rodríguez demonstrated their skills with a variety of different balls.

But Bale produced a performance in an impromptu crossbar challenge which left his new team mates visibly astonished.

A bit of Welsh sporting culture takes to the pitch in Madrid. Credit: bwinbetting.com

Following an instruction from Modric, Bale nails a crunching Rugby ball volley to knock a drinks bottle off the frame of the goal and then follows it up with a long-distance drop-goal that would have made a Wales squad member blush.

Bale could return to the starting line-up this weekend following a thigh injury. Credit: bwinbetting.com

Bale 'proud' to score in first game for Real Madrid

Gareth Bale said he was "proud" to have scored in his first game for Real Madrid.

The Wales forward admitted he was "disappointed" with a 2-2 draw away at Villarreal, which leaves Real two points behind early pace-setters Atletico Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga.

There was plenty of support from back home on Twitter - Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe quick to congratulate Bale on his debut goal, and encouragement too from Michael Owen, who spent a season playing for Real Madrid.

Gareth Bale scores on Real Madrid debut

Bale had a chance to show off his trademark '11 of hearts' celebration for the first time at Madrid. Credit: Real Madrid Instagram

Wales star Gareth Bale scored on his debut for Real Madrid last night.

The 24-year-old, who became the world's most expensive player when he joined the Spanish giants for £85m from Spurs a fortnight ago, was handed his first start for Madrid against La Liga rivals Villarreal - and began to pay some of that transfer fee back with a first-half goal.

Bale poked the ball in from close range after a cross from Daniel Carvajal to equalise for Madrid just before half-time.

He went close with a shot from outside the area early in the second half, but was withdrawn after 62 minutes, as he is still not fully fit.

The game finished 2-2.

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