Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with a muscle contracture in his left thigh but it remains to be seen how long the Wales forward will be sidelined for, Real Madrid have announced.
Bale - who missed most of the pre-season while uncertainty over his future continued - has been hampered by injury since completing his world record transfer from Tottenham in August, appearing in only two league matches and one in the Champions League for Madrid.
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He had already been ruled out of Wednesday's Champions League clash with FC Copenhagen but this latest diagnosis suggests a longer absence.
"After the tests carried out today, the player Gareth Bale has been diagnosed with a muscle contracture in his left thigh," said a statement on the Real Madrid website.
"It remains to be seen how the condition develops."