He's not a crock... Real knew about Bale's back woes and deny he needs surgery as angry agent defends £86m star

By Pete Jenson

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Gareth Bale’s injury-blighted start to life at Real Madrid has been further rocked by the suggestion that he has a lumbar disc hernia that may need surgery.

The injury is not expected to affect his scheduled return to first-team action ahead of Real Madrid’s crucial games against Juventus on October 23 and Barcelona three days after.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, the condition also explains the thigh muscle problems that have seen Bale play just 132 minutes and make only one start so far this season, though Real have moved to deny the seriousness of the injury

Sidelined: Bale may need surgery to remedy the problem that has plagued his start to life at Madrid

Sidelined: Bale may need surgery to remedy the problem that has plagued his start to life at Madrid

Get going: The injury is not expected to affect his scheduled return to action on October 23

Get going: The injury is not expected to affect his scheduled return to action on October 23

In a statement issued by the club they said: ‘It is completely false that the player has a discal hernia between vertebrae L5-S1 as reported by Marca. The player has a small chronic protusion in a spinal disc that will not affect him playing.’

The player’s agent Jonathan Barnett also reacted angrily to the story: 'It’s the most expensive signing in history. If there had been a problem they would have stopped the signing.

'The story is garbage, irresponsible and a disgrace. I told Marca this but they have still printed it. Gareth is angry that a newspaper can write this story.'

Waiting game: Bale has played just three times since his record-breaking move in August

Waiting game: Bale has played just three times since his record-breaking move in August

Marca were yesterday sticking by their story with Real Madrid’s denial beneath their original report of the hernia.

Real say they detected the injury during the player’s medical, a revelation that made his inclusion in the starting line-up against Villarreal just three days later even more surprising.

The lumbar disc hernia is a degeneration of one of the spinal discs that sit between vertebrae, allowing the inner tissue to protrude.

The injury is understood to be between his first and second vertebrae and is also putting pressure on the spinal nerve root that runs through the buttock and down the leg.

In reserve: Ronaldo has been on blistering form so far this term, but Real could do with Bale to bolster their starting XI

Firepower: Ronaldo has been on blistering form so far this term, but Real could do with Bale to bolster their starting XI

Title push: Bale is desperate to form a long run in the team, with Real currently third in La Liga

Title push: Bale is desperate to form a long run in the team, with Real currently third in La Liga

Madrid’s medical team are desperate for the player to not have to go under the knife but the precedents are not good.

Gonzalo Higuaín and Hamit Altintop both had to be operated on for the same injury.

The club wanted Higuaín to try to avoid an operation but then manager Jose Mourinho insisted, fuming that the club allowed his condition to deteriorate before finally giving in and allowing the operation.

Mourinho’s anger at the delay came from previous experience of the injury with John Terry who was out for three months after repair surgery. Yaya Toure and Santi Cazorla are others who have suffered the injury but returned to full fitness.

 


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lol

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bale wanted it for real' now he's living it for real

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Haha

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why is that funny, what a nasty piece of work

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There are two winners in Bale's Real Madrid transfer thus far: Arsenal and Tottenham.

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Real Madrid should sue Tottenham for selling them damage goods, I bet they knew this all along but never mentioned it.

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Spurs must be laughing their heads off right now

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Time to ask for a refund

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Really good 85 million to spend. Sell ozil at half the price and he's bang in form. Know which one I'd rather have

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Ozil has always been better than Bale as a player and he's more consistent. Arsenal and Spurs are laughing- every time I saw Bale in a Madrid shirt he was running like a headless chicken. This isn't going to end well.

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Careful what you wish for boyo

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Lol after Woodgate and now him, I bet Real are put off British players for life!

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