Gareth Bale is suffering with a swollen muscle in his left calf and will say goodbye to the year from within the medical room.
It is fair to say the new signing is not having a lot of luck with injuries in his first few months at Real Madrid. The latest setback is his fifth injury with 'Los Blancos' and since he was presented as a Real Madrid player, he has missed seven games out of the 22 his side has played - 14 in the league, 6 in Champions and 2 in the Cup.
Bale made his Madrid debut in Villarreal on September 14th and a week later he was looking forward to his debut against Getafe when he picked up a muscular injury. He could not play then and also missed the next game against Elche due to a thigh strain.
He reappeared against Atlético, but the time he played took its toll on him and he suffered afterwards with another strain again in his left leg. The Welshman was forced to miss games against Copenhagen and Levante.
It soon became clear to all concerned that his muscular problems were caused by a lack of a pre-season. To top it all, he then missed the first leg of the cup-tie at Xativa because of the flu.
Bale did finally manage to play eleven consecutive games with no problems and was able to prove himself and help the team on to some important victories. Now, this latest injury, which happened during training on Tuesday, has again forced him to miss a game and he will not return until the New Year.