Gareth Bale earned his 100th senior international appearance for Wales against Belarus, but he has been ruled out of Tuesday’s crucial match against Belgium owing to yet another injury.
The Real Madrid attacker began in Saturday’s 5-1 triumph against Belarus, but was only able to play for 45 minutes due to a calf injury, and was replaced at halftime.
From that point on, it was evident that Bale would struggle against Belgium on Tuesday, and the Welsh medical staff has now confirmed to Real Madrid that he will not be able to play in any capacity.
When Bale returns to Madrid, Real Madrid will conduct tests on him to determine the degree of his calf ailment.
In any event, it’s awful news for the player, who hasn’t played for Real Madrid since a match against Real Betis on August 28.
In a news conference the week before the international break, Carlo Ancelotti expressed his delight that Bale had been called up by Wales, suggesting that match practice would benefit Real Madrid.
However, that has not been the case, and Los Blancos will once again be without their striker after waiting since August to see him return to the squad.