Gareth Bale to have surgery in London on ankle injury

Wales international seems certain to be sidelined for remainder of year at the very least

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale in pain during the Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Francisco Leong

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale in pain during the Champions League match against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Francisco Leong

 

Gareth Bale is to undergo surgery on an ankle injury he sustained during a Champions League win against Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday, Real Madrid have announced.

The Wales international was replaced just before the hour during the 2-1 victory in Portugal, and tests on Wednesday revealed he had sustained damage to his peroneal tendons.

Real have now announced the 27-year-old will undergo surgery in London next Tuesday. The European champions have not said how long they expect Bale to be sidelined, but reports in Spain suggest he could be out for up to three months.

A Real Madrid statement read: “Real Madrid’s medical services have decided that Gareth Bale will undergo surgery as a result of the peroneal tendon injury in his right ankle. This operation will take place at the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday, November 29th, by Dr James Calder, under the supervision of the club doctors Jesus Olmo and Mikel Aramberri. ”

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Bale, who has struggled with injuries during his time in Spain, is also set to sit out the Fifa Club World Cup, which takes place in Japan on December 8th-18th.

Wales’s next scheduled match is the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on March 24th.

Real are four points clear at the top of La Liga, and host Sporting Gijon this weekend.

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