Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 5
Gareth Bale will sit out tonight's derby between Real Madrid and Atlético. The Welshman's calf still isn't 100% and though he was initially in the reckoning, Carlo Ancelotti has decided to omit him from the final match-day squad for the 'Copa del Rey' semi-final clash.
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 4
The Staff at Real Madrid's official website confirm Gareth Bale will play in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals match against Atletico Madrid on Feb. 5.
Updates from Saturday, Feb. 1
Real Madrid's Twitter feed has the latest on Bale:
Ancelotti: "Bale isn't available for tomorrow but he might be fit for Wednesday's game." #RMLive— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) February 1, 2014
Updates from Monday, Jan. 27
Gareth Bale will not be fit to play in Real Madrid's next match, the club announced on their official Twitter feed on Monday:
.@MrAncelotti: "Bale tried to train but felt a little twinge. He won't play tomorrow. He will train this week to try to play on Sunday."— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) January 27, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti had earlier said of the Welshman, per ESPN:
[Bale] was replaced because he had a problem. "He was not comfortable after getting kicked, he had a problem with his left leg. It's not an injury, more of a nuisance and he will have no problems playing the next match.
Real Madrid midfielder Gareth Bale suffered an injury early in the club's match against Granada and was forced out of the contest.
Real Madrid provided a statement from manager Carlo Ancelotti discussing Bale's exit from the match:
Eurosport first noted that he was substituted out at halftime:
BALE TAKEN OFF: Gareth Bale replaced by Jese at half-time. He did pick up a knock early in the match. http://t.co/HjZkDK53Q2— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) January 25, 2014
Bale collided with opposing defender Jeison Murillo in the ninth minute of the La Liga match and went down in what was obviously a lot of pain.
Murillo received a yellow card for the foul, and Bale was able to play through it for the remainder of the first half.
Unfortunately, he was unable to compete after intermission and was subbed out for Jese with Real Madrid holding a narrow 1-0 lead at home.
The former Tottenham star has been a bit inconsistent since transferring to Real Madrid in the summer for £78 million. He has only made 11 league starts for his new club with two additional appearances, but he has an impressive eight goals and seven assists in that time.
On the other hand, he only has a single goal in his last eight appearances in all competitions.
The good news is Real Madrid are well prepared if Bale is out for an extended period of time. His replacement, Jese, has shown a lot of potential despite being only 20 years old.
OptaJose points out that he has been effective in limited minutes:
58 - Of all players to have recorded at least 3 assists in La Liga this season, Jese has the lowest min/assist ratio (1 every 58). Solution— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 25, 2014
Bale's injury could give the young player more first-team opportunities. On the other hand, they can simply move around Angel Di Maria, Karim Benzema and Isco to fill a complete lineup. Depth on the attack has certainly not been a problem for Real this season.
Still, the squad will want Bale back as soon as possible as it looks to remain in contention for a La Liga title. Real Madrid entered the day just one point behind Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for first place in the table.
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