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.
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.
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 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."
Watch Gareth Bale shock teammates with his rugby skills at a Real Madrid training session. The team try out a rugby ball as part of their session ahead of their weekend game. The video comes courtesy of 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.
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.
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.
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.
Wales' Gareth Bale will make his debut for Real Madrid against Villareal later tonight. The Welshman became the world's most expensive football player when he was sold to the Spanish side for more than £85m on the 1st September.
Bale came off the bench for Wales against Serbia earlier in the week, but this will be his first start for his new club.
Gareth Bale will be involved in Real Madrid's clash against Villarreal on Saturday, manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.
Ancelotti refused to confirm whether or not the Wales international will start at El Madrigal, but did say on Friday: "Bale will travel to Villarreal and will play."
"I'm not sure if he will start or come off from the bench."
When asked about where he would play, he added: "On the right hand side [of attack]."
Gareth Bale has trained with his new Real Madrid teammates for the first time.
The £85m Wales star returned to Madrid after international duty, and could make his Real debut against Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday.
Most anticipated was Bale's meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo - the Portuguese he replaced as the most expensive footballer in the world, and a player who is unlikely to want to give up his position as Madrid's leading star.
The Spanish giants' big-money signings are famously known as 'Galacticos', and the 24-year-old from Cardiff has very much become one of them.
Wales manager Chris Coleman has said it would be "dangerous" if Real Madrid try to play Gareth Bale for a full 90 minutes on Saturday.
The 24-year-old is in line to make his debut for his new club against Villarreal, after appearing as a substitute for Wales, in their 3-0 defeat to Serbia.
Bale has been suffering with a foot injury, and then a groin problem. He came off the bench with just over half an hour remaining, and almost grabbed a goal with a free-kick.
Coleman said: "If he starts Saturday, he will not finish the game. I would be amazed if he does. We have looked at him in these 10 days and he is nowhere near ready for 90 minutes, even if Spanish football is slower. He has only had four training sessions in two months which is dangerous."