Gareth Bale has again trained separately from the rest of the Real Madrid squad – focussing on gym work while the remainder of the group engaged in an outdoor session.
The forward has been hampered by a recurrent calf injury this season that has restricted him to
just ten appearances in all competitions.
This could be a possible reason for Bale’s removal from Tuesday’s group session, which was reported by Marca.
As well as Bale, Eden Hazard, Marco Asensio, James Rodriguez and Lucas Vazquez were all also absent from training, as they all continued rehabilitation from their respective injuries.
This creates selection issues for Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane, whose side take on Espanyol on Saturday afternoon.
Bale has endured a fractious relationship with Zidane over the past several seasons and the Welshman’s decision to pose with a controversial banner on international duty recently did little to rectify this.
After his country secured qualification to Euro 2020, the 30-year-old was pictured was a flag that read: ”Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”
Raphael Varane and Thibaut Courtois both defended Bale’s actions, however that did prevent the majority of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd booing the winger in a game against Real Sociedad in November.
The Spanish media similarly criticised Bale’s decision, with Marca referring to the move as: ‘Disrespectful. Misguided. Ungrateful. In that order.’
The attacker’s relationship with Los Blancos continues to be strained which has fuelled speculation that he could be on his way out of the club in the near future.
Though a move to China broke down at the eleventh hour in the summer, it has been reported that new Tottenham manager José Mourinho could be interested in bringing Bale back to north London.
The 30-year-old joined Real from the Lilywhites back in 2013 just as Mourinho was departing the Santiago Bernabeu.