The highest-scoring team in La Liga should be getting one of its big-name attackers back for the tail end of the calendar year. Real Madrid, scorers of 22 goals in eight matches this year, is expected to get Gareth Bale back in November.
Bale made three appearances for Real at the start of the 2021-22 campaign before being sidelined after picking up an injury in training.
The winger hasn’t played for Carlo Ancelotti’s side since the 1-0 victory at Real Betis on August 28 in the the third match of the La Liga season. His return could come as early as November.
Wales boss Robert Page revealed the full extent of Bale’s injury issue during the last international break, telling the media: “You grade hamstring injuries from one to four, and his is nearer the four so it’s quite a significant hamstring tear.
“Originally, it might have even progressed into November’s camp but thankfully he’s recovering better than anticipated. We’re pretty certain he’ll be OK for November.”
Bale takes in golf during layoff
During the forced down time Bale had time to attend the Spanish Open at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid over the weekend. He took some time out to speak to reporters about the best golfer in the Santiago Bernabeu dressing room.
“There are only two of us playing golf in the Real Madrid dressing room,” said the 32-year-old. “So without a doubt I’m the No 1 golfer on the team. Thibaut Courtois is the other one who plays, but he’s not better than me.”
The Welshman’s passion for golf is well-documented. He stirred up controversy while away on international duty in 2019, holding up a banner saying ‘Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.’ after playing for his country.
“Whenever I get the chance and there’s a golf tournament nearby, I come to watch it. It’s amazing the atmosphere, the crowd, the good weather and, on top of that, honestly, these guys play very well.
“It’s unbelievable how well they play for the pressure they’re under. Football is different because you have pressure, but you also have a referee to deal with. The thing is, golf is a much more mental game; I feel more pressure here than in front of 80,000 spectators.”
Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham in 2012 winning multiple La Liga and UEFA Champions League titles. He’s played in all four Champions League finals during his time in Madrid, scoring in the 2014 and 2018 finals.