Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale battling for fitness ahead of Champions League clash with Liverpool

Real Madrid's world record signing Gareth Bale is a doubt for Wednesday's Champions League game at Liverpool.

Bale, 25, has injured an upper thigh muscle and was an unused substitute in Saturday's league win over Levante.

A Real statement did not disclose how long they expect the Welsh forward to be out for, saying: "His progress will be monitored."
A statement on the club’s website read: “After tests carried out on Gareth Bale by the Real Madrid Sanitas medical services, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the right pyramidalis muscle. His progress will be monitored.”
Bale played the full 90 minutes in both of Wales’ Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Cyprus.

The former Tottenham player, who joined Real for £85.3m last year, has played 12 matches for the Spanish side this season, scoring five goals.

Real have won both their opening Champions League games this season while Liverpool have won one and lost one.

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