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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

Football

Bale misses home debut but Real win
Reuters
Madrid, September 24, 2013
First Published: 00:46 IST(24/9/2013)
Last Updated: 00:49 IST(24/9/2013)

Gareth Bale was forced to wait for his Bernabeu debut after suffering a muscle problem in the warm up to play Getafe on Sunday but Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said the injury was not serious.

The world’s most expensive player, who cost Real around 100 million euros ($135 million) when he was signed from Tottenham Hotspur three weeks ago, has made two appearances so far away at Villarreal, where he scored, and at Galatasaray in the Champions League.

Real medical staff could be seen attending to Bale’s left thigh as the sides warmed up for their La Liga match and soon afterwards Isco was named in the starting 11 in his place with Raphael Varane on the bench.

An official club statement said Bale had felt a pain in his thigh and that he had dropped out as a precaution. “Bale had a small problem during the warm up,” Italian Ancelotti told a news conference after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real’s 4-1 triumph. After speaking to the doctors I don’t think it is anything serious, but we will have to wait until Monday when they will do a scan. The player wasn’t comfortable and we preferred not to take any risks. He isn’t very pleased because he was very excited about playing at the Bernabeu.”

There had been great expectation among home fans to see Bale play in a Real shirt at the Bernabeu for the first time, A local paper dubbed it ‘B Day’.


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