Real Madrid’s injury problems continue to stack up following the news that Gareth Bale dislocated ankle tendons during Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Sporting CP.
Bale, 27, has been key to the Spanish giants’ unbeaten start to the season, scoring seven times in all competitions to help them to the Spanish Liga summit and into the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
His injury means he is likely to miss the Clásico with Barcelona on Saturday 3 December as well as the matchday six visit of Borussia Dortmund – when top spot in Group F will be up for grabs.
Joe Walker, UEFA.com Real Madrid reporter:
Zinédine Zidane has had to deal with all manner of absences this term but has taken them all in the stride – expect him to do the same with Bale’s lay-off.
Fortunately, Madrid are well stocked in attacking midfield, with the likes of Marco Asensio, Isco, Lucas Vázquez and James Rodríguez all more than able deputies.
The new-look 4-4-1-1 system that Zidane has deployed in recent weeks involved Bale playing on the left wing, with Cristiano Ronaldo the central striker.
However, with Karim Benzema now fit again, Zidane has the option of moving the Portuguese out onto the flank, with Benzema central.
Madrid’s injury absentees
Gareth Bale (ankle)
Álvaro Morata (hamstring)
Toni Kroos (metatarsal)