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Bale limps out of El Clasico after 39 minutes as Real star suffers ankle blow

Date Posted,April 22, 2017

Gareth Bale’s El Clasico last just 39 minutes as the Welshman limped off with an ankle problem.

The Real Madrid winger dropped to the ground as his troublesome ankle began to bother him throughout the duration of the first half.

Bale had missed Real’s last two games – a La Liga win over Gijon and the Champions League win over Bayern Munich – with the injury.

But the former Tottenham man was announced as fit to play following a pre-match medical assessment and started at the Bernabeu.

Bale was unable to continue with his ankle problem (Photo: REUTERS)
Bale was seen to briefly by the medical staff (Photo: REUTERS)
He retreated down the tunnel to undergo further tests (Photo: REUTERS)

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He rarely troubled the Barcelona defence during his short stint on the pitch.

Bale was replaced by Marco Asensio, the 21-year-old academy product, and hobbled straight down the tunnel for an assessment.

Real Madrid in action earlier during El Clasico (Photo: AFP)
The Welshman looked devastated when he was unable to continue in the game (Photo: AFP)

Despite a rather anonymous half from Bale, Real took the lead through Casemiro, when he tapped home at the back post following a Sergio Ramos effort that came back off the post.

Real were pegged back by Barcelona, however, after Lionel Messi slotted home, meaning the sides went in level at the break.

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