LaLiga: Bale could be out for 12 weeks says expert

Kevin Palmer
Yahoo Sport UK
Real Madrid: Gareth Bale returns to training ahead of Napoli showdown
Real Madrid: Gareth Bale returns to training ahead of Napoli showdown

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale could be out for up to 12 weeks after Real Madrid confirmed the extent of his ankle injury, according Yahoo Sports sports injury specialist Matt Radcliffe.

Bale suffered a “traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons of his right ankle” in his side’s 2-1 Champions League win against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, with former Manchester United and Southampton injury specialist Radcliffe suggesting the Welshman will be out for around a month.

That recovery period would rule him out of the first El Clasico of the season against Barcelona on December 3rd, while he would also be a major doubt for Real Madrid Champions League Group F decider against Borrusia Dortmund later next month.

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“Real Madrid may not know yet what the treatment will be for Gareth and they will assess the swelling before making a decision,” states Radcliff.

“If the damage is severe, they will need to look at surgery to resolve the problem and if that is the case, you are looking at a 12-week recovery period.

“The hope of Gareth and Real Madrid will be that they can manage the situation, allow the swelling to go down and then treat the injury over the next three to four weeks with a view to him making a return after that.

“I had a situation like this during my time at Southampton and we had to go down the surgery route, which is obviously a last resort when you are talking about a player as important as Gareth Bale.

“The trouble is you can have popping of the ankle when you damage the peroneal tendons and if you try and get around the problem without surgery, timing a return is a major decision.

“It is possible that Bale could be back within three weeks, but my assessment would be that it will be longer than that and if he does have surgery, don’t expect to see him on the field again for three months.”

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