Gareth Bale's poor luck with injuries continued into the international break, as the Real Madrid forward suffered a hamstring injury in training that could sideline him even longer.
The former Tottenham Hotspur star stayed in Madrid during the international break as he worked his way back from an existing problem, but per the club's official website (via Robbie Dunne of AS), that plan has backfired:
The 28-year-old Welshman hasn't featured since September, spending the entire month of October working his way back from a calf injury. Per Jose Luis Calderon of Marca, he was originally scheduled to make his return against former club Spurs on November 1 in the UEFA Champions League.
As reported by Kieran Canning of Agence France-Presse (for Sport), Real manager Zinedine Zidane confirmed last week Bale wouldn't meet up with the Wales national team for international duty, as Los Blancos hoped more rest would benefit his recovery.
Injuries have plagued Bale ever since he moved to the Spanish capital in 2013, and after a promising start with Real, his future with the club has come under increasing doubt. While he has shown flashes of his talent when healthy, the Spanish press have grown increasingly frustrated with his inability to stay on the pitch.
El Confidencial (h/t Football365) took it to a whole new level following his calf injury, blaming his love of golf for his many setbacks. This latest injury won't help matters, and with the pivotal derby against Atletico Madrid on the schedule after the international break, it couldn't come at a worse time.