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Crocked Bale out for three weeks

Real Madrid's Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring during the match against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid in Madrid on December 20, 2015. PHOTO/AFP

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring during the match against Rayo Vallecano de Madrid in Madrid on December 20, 2015. PHOTO/AFP

MADRID, January 20- Real Madrid’s Welsh winger Gareth Bale has suffered a calf injury, the club confirmed, which could rule him out for three weeks.

Bale limped off with what looked like the recurrence of the calf problem which has plagued him over the past two years, after scoring his 11th goal in eight games during Real’s 5-1 rout of Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

And tests carried out in Madrid’s Sanitas La Moraleja hospital on Tuesday confirmed a muscle injury in the right leg, the club said in a brief medical statement.

Since December 2013 the 26-year-old has had five injuries to the same calf muscle.

Real Madrid added that Bale was “awaiting developments,” but the Spanish press have reported he could be out for at least three weeks.

The Welshman is likely to miss the games against Real Betis, Espanyol and Granada but could be fit for the league match with Athletic Bilbao on February 13 or against Roma in the Champions League on February 17.

-Xhaka not leaving-

Meanwhile, sought-after Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka has ruled out leaving the club just to sit on the bench at a major European club adds Teamtalk Media.

The Switzerland international has been linked with a move to a host of Premier League clubs, including Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea.

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Xhaka was made club captain this season and says he will not give up his position at Gladbach just to warm the bench elsewhere.

“Gladbach are a top club,” he told German publication Bild. “But if I were someday to go to a top, top, top club, I want to play there. I’m not the type to be on the bench.”

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