Perez: Injury rumours are damaging Bale's image

Gareth Bale could be fit to play in Real Madrid's home Primera Division match against Malaga on Saturday, according to club president Florentino Perez.

Bale has made just one start since he arrived at the Bernabeu for a world-record fee in the summer as injury has kept the winger sidelined.

Madrid were at the weekend moved to deny a report in Spain that Bale was suffering with a slipped disc in his back, rubbishing the claim as "completely false".

(He is) calm and ready, waiting to play on Saturday.

Everyone knows that, because he didn't have a good pre-season, he suffered from muscle fatigue in the thigh.

Bale is fit to play and wants to show that he is fine. All of the doctors have made it clear that a small disc bulge is relatively common in elite footballers.

Not all athletes have scans, so not all of those that have these disc bulges know they have them.

Elite athletes suffer more with the back and can handle it, but this is something normal. A big deal has been made out of something normal.

All this affects Bale's image and dignity.

– Real Madrid president Florentino Perez speaking to Spanish radio programme Punto Pelota.


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