Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has been ruled out of action for up to eight weeks due to the hamstring injury picked up during a training session with his Spanish La Liga club earlier this month. Bale had just returned to Real Madrid when he sustained the hamstring strain after a few weeks on international duty with the Wales national team.

Wales international Bale is not expected to play again until November as a result of the injury. The injury update on Bale as revealed by English publication Daily Mail is a big blow for Wales who have Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers to navigate next month. The Real Madrid forward will certainly miss those World Cup qualifiers in the colours of the Wales national team next month.

Bale has been in the plans of new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti in the early part of this season. Both Ancelotti and Bale returned to Real Madrid after spending last season at Everton and Tottenham Hotspur respectively.

Italian tactician Ancelotti has managed clubs such as Bayern Munich, Napoli and Everton since his first Real Madrid spell ended six years ago. He was named the new Real Madrid boss in the summer as the replacement for Zinedine Zidane who resigned citing the lack of support from the board led by club president Florentino Perez. On his part, Wales attacker Bale was on loan at former club Tottenham Hotspur throughout the whole of last season after he was frozen out of the first team squad by Zidane. Bale returned to Tottenham Hotspur on loan from Real Madrid seven years after leaving to sign a world-record deal for the same team.
Bale started the current season well under Ancelotti with one goal in his first three La Liga games. He has missed three matches in all competitions since his hamstring injury.