Bale Is Having A Hard Time — Isco

For all that Lineker is an excellent pundit, he may have gotten it wrong on this occasion.

"He has been diagnosed with a strain to the middle third of the adductor longus muscle in his left leg", a statement added.

It is understood Wales will receive a greater participation fee if their top players make the 12,000-mile round trip to the southern Chinese city of Nanning.

And according to the Mirror's John Richardson, the Spanish champions are willing to offload the winger for £85m - the amount it cost them to buy him in 2013 - at the end of the 2017/18 campaign. His injuries and recent form haven't helped either. However, he has remained at Madrid and has continued to enjoy great success in the UEFA Champions League. Neymar was busy last night, opening the scoring for Brazil from the penalty spot in a friendly win against Japan in Lille.

It also cements his reputation as one of La Liga's premier long-range specialists.

And Perhaps some of that blame is rightly placed. But at the moment Benzema isn't making the greatest of cases for himself.

Bale's injuries have prevented him from gaining the trust of manager Zinedine Zidane, who now prefers to play Isco instead of the Welshman.

So, yes, yet again Ronaldo failed to find the back of a net in a La Liga match.

This time around, United will be on their toes and would want to lure Bale.

Following the injury happened to him last year, Bale was forced to miss out on 40 of his side's 60 matches.

First, some discomfort in the operated joint left him two games out. It's bad luck, bad news, and he'll be gutted.

While he suffered knee problems, back issues, torn ankle joint ligament, hamstring injuries and ankle injury in his time at the White Hart Lane, injuries have kept him out every year ever since he arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Though United are the front runners for his signature should Real Madrid sanction a transfer.

The injury disclosed Friday is Bale's 19th since joining Real Madrid four years ago from Tottenham Hotspur and he could be sidelined for anywhere from 10 to 30 days.

Vanessa Coleman