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Gareth Bale will miss Champions League semi-finals

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Real’s costliest player could miss their most important clash of the season

Gareth Bale’s run of injury misery continued on Tuesday as Real Madrid said their record signing had picked up a calf injury that rules him out for up to four league games and their Champions League semifinal tie with Atlético Madrid.

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Zidane fielded an half-fit Bale on Sunday as he knew the value of that match against FC Barcelona. A win on Sunday would have ensured a league title for the Madrid Giants for the first time since 2012 but the Spanish Giants put up a strong show to hand them a 3-2 defeat.

Zidane was forced to bring in Marco Asensio in Bale’s place in the 39th minute. Bale was seen limping down the tunnel in despair.

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Real Madrid released a statement on Tuesday saying Bale had a grade two muscle tear in his left calf, without specifying how long the Welsh international would spend on the sidelines.

Real Madrid has some world class players on their bench to meet this deficit and Zidane believes that this is a small thing and Bale will be back with them soon.