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Gareth Bale looks set for a long injury layoff as the Welshman has been dealt another setback ahead of an expected Real Madrid return.
Bale sat out of Los Blancos' fixture with Celta Vigo with an injury to his right hamstring, and he underwent tests on Monday to determine the extent of the injury.
And the scans have confirmed that Bale's injury will keep him on the sidelines for a couple of months months.
It's a big blow for Wales and Madrid – where he had started to break back into the first team – as they look set to be without the winger for the foreseeable future.
Bale had started the last three games for Madrid before their clash with Celta Vigo.
And Carlo Ancelotti had spoken about how the smile was back on Bale's face after he seemingly fell out of love with the game.
"Bale has also been totally committed and I'll think he'll improve because he's still not at full fitness," Ancelotti told reporters before the season started.
"I've been impressed with him and he's shown great desire."
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And Bale was clearly happy with Ancelotti back in charge: "We know Ancelotti is a great manager and I get on with him really well, as we had some great times in the past.
"He is a great guy. We had a great time together at Real Madrid and I’m sure he’s going to be amazing.”
There is currently no expected return date on Bale's injury, and Real Madrid could be gearing up for the majority of the season without him.
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