Bale injury could mean he's out for Ireland clash in March
Gareth Bale could be absent when Ireland take on Wales in a crunch World Cup qualifier in March, with reports from Spain suggesting the winger will be out until April.
The Real Madrid player suffered a “traumatic dislocation of the peroneal tendons” in his ankle during his side’s 2-1 Champions League victory at Sporting Lisbon last week and was subsequently ruled out for two to three months.
However, reports in Spain are now estimating that the Real Madrid man will be out of action until April, meaning he would miss the crucial qualifier in the Aviva Stadium on March 24.
Guillem Balagué reports that Bale's recovery from injury will be longer than first anticipated and he could miss Real's next 25 games.
The Spanish club yesterday released a statement, saying: “Our player Gareth Bale has undergone today successful surgery to repair damaged tendons in his right ankle.
"The operation took place at King Edward VII Hospital in London by doctor James Calder and Real Madrid Sanitas doctor Mikel Aramberri, under the supervision of doctor Jesus Olmo, head of Real Madrid's medical services."