Bale forced off with an­kle in­jury

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Real Madrid suf­fered a huge in­jury scare just 11 days be­fore fac­ing Barcelona as Gareth Bale hob­bled off with a right an­kle in­jury just un­der an hour into their Cham­pi­ons League clash at Sport­ing Lis­bon. Bale has been in supreme form in re­cent weeks hav­ing tied his fu­ture to the Euro­pean cham­pi­ons with a bumper con­tract ex­ten­sion to 2022. As well as trav­el­ling to Barca for El Cla­sico, Real face a hec­tic sched­ule in the com­ing weeks with a Cham­pi­ons League clash against Borus­sia Dort­mund and the Club World Cup in Ja­pan to come in De­cem­ber. Real were lead­ing 1-0 when Bale was re­placed by Marco Asen­sio with just a point enough to guar­an­tee their place in the knock­out stages for a record 20th con­sec­u­tive sea­son. —AFP

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