Gareth Bale is reportedly set to be out for eight weeks with a hamstring injury – handing Rob Page a potentially huge blow ahead of Wales’ four remaining crucial World Cup qualifiers.
Bale suffered a muscle tear in his right hamstring during a training session last Saturday and subsequently missed the games against Celta Vigo and Inter Milan.
And as reported by AS, Bale is now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines – leaving his involvement with Wales in the coming two months in serious doubt.
Wales are currently in third place in their World Cup qualification group.
Bale is likely to be absent for the fixtures away to Czech Republic and Estonia next month.
In addition it seems it will be a close call as to whether he’s fit for the final group games at home to Belarus and Belgium in November.
The 32-year-old is also set to miss a host of key fixtures for Real Madrid, including El Clasico away to Barcelona on October 24.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti had allayed fears last week by claiming that Bale would only be out for a “few days”.
However, after the latest reports on the severity of his injury, the Italian was unable to put a time-frame on his recovery.
“We don’t know how much time he needs, the injury is pretty serious and it is hard to give a time,” he explained to reporters on Saturday.
“He was doing quite well, he was working hard, we have to wait.”