Gareth Bale injury scare for Wales


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Wales talisman Gareth Bale has picked up a calf injury and Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits he is anxiously awaiting scan results.

Former Tottenham star Bale was forced off at half-time on Sunday after scoring the opening goal in a 5-1 rout of Sporting Gijon at the Bernabeu.

Zidane, who has only been in charge for two games, also saw France striker Karim Benzema pick up a problem after being accidentally kicked by team-mate James Rodriguez.

However, it is Bale’s injury that is causing the Real manager more concern ahead of La Liga games against Real Betis, Espanyol, Granada and Athletic Bilbao before the resumption of the Champions League next month.

Zidane told reporters: “Karim’s is just a knock but Gareth’s injury is a bit more complicated.

“It’s in the soleus [calf], and in the left one too. It’s another problem but we will wait and see what the scans say. I hope it is nothing serious.”

Wales boss Chris Coleman will also be monitoring the situation closely as he will need the 26-year-old forward firing on all cylinders if the Dragons are to make any real impact at Euro 2016.

Coleman’s men have been drawn in Group B along with England, Russia and Slovakia, with the Welsh 4.33 to win the group while they are 1.50 to qualify for the knockout stage.

Wales kick off their European Championship campaign against Slovakia on June 11 and are 2.30 to make a winning start to the tournament.

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